One Year Anniversary of the Dallas, Texas Ambush
Bullets do not discriminate.
Grief does not discriminate.
On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling was killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was killed in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Both were killed by police officers. Protests organized across America.
On July 7, 2016, people organized a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas, Texas. At the end of the protest in Dallas, gunshots ranged out. Five Dallas police officers lost their lives. Nine other officers and two civilians were injured.
The Dallas Police Officers who lost their lives were;
Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, age 48. He joined the department in 2002.
Sgt. Michael Smith, 55, had been with the department since 1989.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Officer Brent Thompson, 43, had been with the department since 2009. Thompson was the first DART officer to be killed in the line of duty since the department’s inception in 1989.
Officer Michael Krol, 40, had been on the force for 8 years.
Officer Patricio “Patrick” Zamarripa, 32, who had been with the department since 2011.
Micah Xavier Johnson was found to be the person who fired upon the group of protesters and police officers. Johnson was an Army veteran who reportedly was angry over the police shootings of black men. Micah Xavier Johnson was killed after police deployed a bomb-carrying robot.
The LA Times reports on programs available for the still grieving officers;
A year later, Dallas officers are still grieving, but scores of them have received or are on track to receive specialized training in mindfulness and other stress-management techniques that aim to teach police how to better understand and control their emotions, both on and off the job.
“One of the most powerful things you can do is teach people that it’s OK to be human. It’s not possible to walk through this profession and come out unscarred. It’s a difficult, difficult walk to be a police officer,” said Richard Goerling, a police lieutenant in Hillsboro, Ore., who teaches the mindfulness training.”
On the one-year anniversary of the deadly ambush, survivors shared their stories of courage, bravery, healing and hope. The officers’ lives have not been in vain.