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The Dallas Shootings: A Look Back

Officers scramble to track the gunman who killed five cops and injured 11 other people on July 7 in downtown Dallas
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On July 7, a peaceful protest was ending in downtown Dallas. It was a rally like many across the country --sparked by the deaths of black men shot by police in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and other cities. Then, suddenly, the atmosphere changed. A gunman opened fire. Five officers were killed. Nine others, and two civilians, were injured.

Here's a complete look at how KERA News covered what happened -- from the protest to the shooting to the mourning. KERA profiled each of the slain officers in a series called Remembering the Fallen, and produced hours of coverage broadcast on public radio stations across the country.

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Texas has sent off another of its officers killed in the line of duty last week. The funeral for Dallas Police Officer Michael Krol on Friday was the fourth of five. The Michigan native known as a big guy with a big heart.

Public Takes The Stage At 'Dallas Sings/Dallas Strong'

Jul 15, 2016
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On Thursday night, nearly 700 singers gathered in the Meyerson Symphony Center to join the choir for “Dallas Sings/Dallas Strongs.” Among them were local choir members, including homeless from the Dallas Street Choir, as well as lawyers, accountants and teachers.

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When President Obama stepped off Air Force One this week, a familiar face was there to greet him on the tarmac at Love Field. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins was once again meeting the commander in chief while guiding his county through a crisis. Two years ago it was Ebola. This week, it was the deaths of five officers at the hands of a gunman.

Sgt. Michael Smith was one of five law enforcement officers killed when a gunman fired on police at a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas last week. He’s remembered as a kind man, a good friend and a role model for a young boy at his church.

BJ Austin / KERA News Special Contributor

This is a week of grieving in Dallas as memorial services and funerals are held for the five officers gunned down in last week's police ambush. Brent Thompson, 43, was the first DART police officer to die in the line of duty.

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Without fail, everyone who talked about Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens mentioned how big he was. Six-foot-five, 300 pounds big. And strong.

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President Obama was in Dallas Tuesday to speak at the interfaith memorial service for the five police officers who were killed in downtown last week.

Elizabeth Myong / KERA NEWS SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR

Five Dallas police officers were killed and nine others were injured in a sniper attack following a peaceful protest July 7 in downtown Dallas. Two civilians were injured as well.

 

In light of the attack, here are some ways to help those affected.

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When Dallas Police Chief David Brown announced that Micah Johnson was killed by a robot with a bomb, it raised a lot of questions that we've been trying to answer. 

Carlo Allegri / Reuters

President Obama was in Dallas to take part in a service honoring the victims of last week’s attack. He was joined by former president George W. Bush, and a host of other dignitaries. The speakers didn’t just honor the officers, but addressed the importance – and pitfalls – of modern policing.

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