Dallas sniper attack: 5 police officers dead, another 6 injured

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July 8, 2016 

At least five police officers were killed and another six wounded during a sniper attack at a protest against police violence in downtown Dallas. The UK will soon get its second female prime minister. And Bernie Sanders is expected to formally endorse Hillary Clinton for president next week.



Snipers shot 11 officers — at least five fatally — at a protest in Dallas, Texas, over this week’s police killings of two black men.

The officers were targeted from “elevated positions” during a downtown protest against police violence, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said. After the shootings, which started around 8:45 p.m. local time, police said they cornered one suspect in the second floor of a parking garage. An hourslong standoff followed. 

Two men who were seen throwing a duffel bag into a Mercedes and a woman near the area were taken into custody, Brown told reporters. The suspects’ plan appeared to be to “injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could,” Brown said. Here’s what we know about the victims so far. ​ 

One of the attackers had a rifle and was wearing body armor, according to a Homeland Security bulletin obtained by BuzzFeed News. 

About 100 officers were monitoring the protest following this week’s police killings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. 

Black Lives Matter leaders condemned the deadly shootings of the five police officers. President Barack Obama called the shooting a “vicious, calculated, and despicable attack on law enforcement.”  

The shots erupted Thursday at a protest over the killings of two black men by police in Minnesota and Louisiana. One suspect remained locked in a standoff overnight.

Ting Shen / The Dallas Morning News via AP


The latest on Philando Castile and Alton Sterling



The UK will soon have a female prime minister, the first since Margaret Thatcher.

Either Home Secretary Theresa May or Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom will be the next British prime minister after they were voted forward to a final ballot by their fellow Conservative members of parliament. One of them will take over as leader of the party after David Cameron’s resignation in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, BuzzFeed UK reports.

The final decision rests on the verdict of 150,000 party activists, and the result of their vote will be announced on Sept. 9.

BuzzFeed News investigates: Leadsom's Ugandan charity project has ties to an anti-gay Christian group. She set up a school exchange program with a center co-run by a group whose founder condemned homosexuality as “counterfeit love” and “a sin.”



“I am tired of watching black people die.”

“To be black in America is to exist in haunting, mundane proximity to death at all moments,” BuzzFeed’s Hannah Giorgis writes. “There is no making sense of the way we are taken from this planet without ceremony or reason, but we can care for each other while we are here.”

To be black in America is to exist in haunting, mundane proximity to death at all moments.

Ben King / BuzzFeed News 


Do you know what happened in the news this week? Take the BuzzFeed News quiz!


  • At least 35 people were killed and 60 others injured in a suicide bombing at a Shiite holy site in Balad, Iraq. (BuzzFeed News)

  • U.S. presidential election: Bernie Sanders is expected to formally endorse Hillary Clinton for president next week. (New York Times) And the U.S. State Department is reopening its investigation into how Clinton and her aides handled classified info. (Associated Press)

  • South Korea is the world leader in cosmetic surgeries. So we asked South Korean surgeons how they’d change our faces. Tl;dr: jawlines. (BuzzFeed News)

tl;dr: jaw lines

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