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Thousands take to US streets to protest police violence

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Alfredo Watts | 10 July, 2016, 19:01

Intent on killing white people, particularly cops, according to the Dallas police chief - himself an African American.

That was preceded by two high-profile cases, in Minnesota and Louisiana, where black men were shot and killed by police officers.

Hundreds of people are demonstrating in the streets of Baton Rouge over the death of a black man earlier this week.

According to press reports, Mr Thompson was a father and grandfather who married approximately two weeks ago.

"This is not who we want to be as Americans", he said.

Lynch said protesters concerned about killings by police should not be discouraged "by those who use your lawful actions as a cover for their heinous violence".

Mr Obama said Americans of "all races, all backgrounds", including many of those who were protesting, were outraged by the Dallas killings.

The unity shown in the wake of the attack was a strong foundation on which to build, he said.

During a tense standoff with police, before a robot armed with ordnance was sent in to blow him up and stop his slaughter, a contrasting picture of Johnson emerged.

The protest was tense earlier as police in riot gear came out, apparently to clear the road so traffic could pass through.

Protests were set to resume in Baton Rouge on Saturday, hours after demonstrations over a video-recorded police shooting produced tense moments resulting in 30 arrests. "We just have to have confidence that we can build on those better angels of our nature".

Four of the dead were with the Dallas Police Department.

Seven other officers and two civilians were wounded in the ambush in downtown Dallas. In San Bernardino, officers were wearing a black band to mourn the loss with their Dallas brothers and sisters in blue.

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Also not commenting are members of Johnson's family, for no other reason than dealing with their own grief and confusion with the events that unfolded that day in Dallas by one of their own. Still, officials said they were looking for evidence of any possible co-conspirators.

Still, he didn't condone the violence.

After all, there already were oncerns that some police officers are being less aggressive because they fear they'll turn up in the next viral video.

Mr Whitfield said he hoped that the shootings, however brutal, might change things.

Rawlings echoed Obama's message that black lives matter - and so do "blue" lives, those of police officers. He served in the Army Reserve for six years starting in 2009 and did one tour in Afghanistan from November 2013 to July 2014, the military said.

A search of the gunman's home just outside Dallas found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics, though he had no previous criminal history, police said.

The president planned to visit Dallas in a few days and to convene a White House meeting next week with police officers and community and civil rights activists.

"I do have nephews that I'm thinking, 'Do I have to call them and tell them, don't go outside".

"As we've started to unravel this fishing knot, we've come to realize this shooting came from one building at different levels".

"When I saw his face, I was like wow", stated Thomas Muhammad with the National Black United Front.

Other protests across the USA on Thursday were peaceful, including in New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia.

How will Dallas change Black Lives Matter?