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Attack on Dallas Police and Police Shootings: Friday’s Show (July 8, 2016)

At least five Dallas police officers are dead and seven others injured, along with two civilians, after an attack on law enforcement Thursday night (July 7, 2016) at a downtown protest over fatal police shootings of black men this week in Louisiana and Minnesota. NPR reports police say at least four people were involved in the […]

Houston Matters microphonesAt least five Dallas police officers are dead and seven others injured, along with two civilians, after an attack on law enforcement Thursday night (July 7, 2016) at a downtown protest over fatal police shootings of black men this week in Louisiana and Minnesota.

NPR reports police say at least four people were involved in the attack and that they have three suspects in custody.

Speaking at the site of a NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland early today, President Obama called last night’s shootings “a vicious, calculated, and despicable attack on law enforcement.”

On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn the latest about the shootings in Dallas from NPR and News 88.7’s Jose Luis Jimenez.

We also hear from former police officer and law enforcement expert Dr. Melissa Hamilton of the University of Houston Law Center. She was in downtown Dallas last night and also offers a reaction to the shootings from a law enforcement perspective.

Plus we consider what we can do to ensure future protests and rallies are peaceful, that dialogue is thoughtful and that action is useful here in Houston — and across the nation — as we try to come to grips with all the violence that has occurred this week.

We talk with Houston Black Lives Matter organizer Ashton P. Woods and Dr. Robert Buzzanco, a history professor at the University of Houston, who will offer some perspective on the violence America saw during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

And, normally each Friday we ask a panel of “non-experts” to discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the week’s news. However, today we ask Natalie Arceneaux, Joe Holley and Marcus Davis simply to react to the fatal police shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge this week, along with the attack on law enforcement offices in Dallas Friday.

We encourage you to share your thoughts about this unfolding story in the comments section below, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @Houston Matters. Or you can e-mail your thoughts to talk@houstonmatters.org.

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