When Dallas police used a bomb-carrying robot to kill the suspected sniper that had allegedly killed five police officers and wounded seven others, it opened up an ethical debate about the technology being used for crime fighting, The Associated Press reported.
Tom Fuentes, a former associate director with the FBI, said the messages and those behind them should be treated the same way the federal government investigates ISIS. To honor. To vow that despite a vicious punch, this city and its police department will rise again, stronger and more committed than ever.
An undated handout image released by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Police shows DART police officer Brent Thompson at an undisclosed location. He was killed in an ambush during a downtown protest march.
If awards were being given for Tuesday's memorial service at the Meyerson Symphony Center, the award for Best Supporting Actor might well go not to a person, but to a force.
Meanwhile, five families are planning funerals.
Thompson had recently married another transit officer and had six grown children from a previous marriage.
Dallas police headquarters and surrounding blocks were cordoned off and SWAT teams were deployed on Saturday after authorities received an anonymous threat against officers across the city, but a search for a "suspicious person" turned up no one, officials said.
The Dallas Police Department defended its action saying that the bomb was "a last resort".
"The military was not what Micah thought it would be", Delphine Johnson said.
As soon as the shooting started, "I told him, 'Give your gun to this cop because we don't want an accident".
Investigators are now combing through items belonging to the shooter, 25-year-old Micah Johnson, working to decipher the cryptic letters he wrote with his blood before he died.
The Washington Post highlights that Micah Johnson's association with black nationalism and killings have shocked friends, colleagues from the Army, and those who knew him.
Before negotiations broke down with Johnson, he told police that he wanted to kill white people, especially white police.
City police chief David Cameron told reporters after the situation had unfolded that: "We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was". Brown said that, in the context of Thursday's events, "this wasn't an ethical dilemma for me".
"This wasn't an ethical dilemma for me", Brown said.
Two El Centro students hid in the building overnight, Brown said, because they were afraid to come out until the shooting stopped. The first conference came at 10:45 p.m. Thursday, the second at 12:30 Friday morning.
She said her son lived like a "hermit" following his return from the Army. But this is believed to be the first time a chief has ever made the call to use explosives to kill a suspect and end a standoff.