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he gave up the ultimate sacrifice, his life, for them. >> rick, thank you so much for talking about your son and his heroism and he is a hero to all who see this, to our whole country, thank you, sir, so much. >> you're welcome. thank you very much. >> and thanks so much to all of you for joining us. our coverage of this breaking news continues with "a.c. 360" right now. good evening. don lemon here sitting in for anderson. there are new developments on so many fronts in the dallas killings. at the end of a somber day, after a harrowing week throughout the country, we just learned that president barack obama will be coutting his european tour short and visiting next week. five police officers are dead along with their killer. we are learning about them, about him in a very real sense about us, as well. in this week alone, americans have seen 12 police officers
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shot in dallas and two more wounded today in missouri and georgia. we have seen two civilians shot dead by police in minnesota and louisiana. we have heard the sounds of peaceful protests followed by screams of sheer terror. we have watched police officers open fire and taking lives and we have seen them rushing into the line of fire and saving lives and now with all that we have seen and heard, and all that's been said this week, people are again out on the street, but the context has changed and so have the stakes on all sides and so have some of the images. this one is dallas. one of several outpourings of support for police and vigils, as well. so tonight, we will bring you the latest on all of it. however, as 360 viewers may know, what we will not be doing is showing the gunman and saying his name. we will be honoring the victims by telling their stories. we begin, sadly, with the last moments of their lives. cnn's stephanie elam reports.
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[ gunshots ] >> somebody is really armed to the teeth. >> holy [ bleep ]. [ screaming ] >> get back! >> reporter: 9:00 p.m., a peaceful protest in dallas breaks into panic. [ screaming ] >> reporter: multiple gunshots from above, possible snipers, picking off police one by one. >> someone turned around and he got hit, boom, fell. boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. kept going! >> reporter: chaos runs rampant. >> is that a cop dead? >> that's a cop down. >> it's a sniper from up here right now. >> get down! get down! >> the man had a rifle, ar-15, clear as day. >> reporter: by 9:40 p.m., three officers are reported down. the number, though, fluctuates as the night wears on. a transit officer is the first to fall. >> shots fired. code three. stay off the radio. officer down. >> reporter: 90 minutes in at
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10:30 p.m. it is still unclear what exactly is happening. the police still believe there may be multiple shooters, coordinating a triangulated attack. >> we have a guy with a long rifle, but we don't know where the hell he's at. >> reporter: some time in the 11:00 hour one suspect is cornered in a parking garage downtown near daily plaza. an intense standoff between police takes place. a negotiator makes contact and the suspect claims ieds are nearby, heightening the situation. by 1:20 a.m., officers decide to send in a remote device. >> 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. >> reporter: a little after 3:00 a.m. the suspect is confirmed dead and the question of whether there are others remains as authorities detain other suspect, but later police say they are confident the gunman
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acted alone. >> the suspect said he was upset about black lives matter. he said he was upset about the recent police shootings. the suspect said he was upset at white people. the suspect stated he wanted to kill white people especially white officers. >> the president addressing the shooting from warsaw. at least the 16th such speech he has made on shootings during his presidency. >> is that there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement. >> all told, five of dallas' senselessly killed and our nation once again, left grieving. >> stephanie elam joins us now. stephanie, what more are we learning tonight about the investigation? >> reporter: well, don, for all of the people who are following along while this was happening here in dallas last night, we know that there were three other people that were detained. we did learn today that those
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three people have been released and at this point they do believe this gunman acted alone. however, in a press conference with the governor of texas and the mayor of dallas they said that they want to make sure that he didn't have any accomplices of any kind that may have aided him in any kind of way to pull off such a devastating, devastating attack like he did last night, don. >> stephanie elam, thank you very much. more now on the fallen and wounded officers. martin savidge live at baylor medical center and he joins us with that. the wounded victims, what's the latest on their condition? >> reporter: don, we haven't had any official update, however, we did hear from the mayor of dallas and he said all of the wounded officers have been released from the hospital and that is indeed welcome news on a day that needs much more good news. we can tell you a little bit about the wounded. among them, christie mcbride.
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she was wounded in the arm and the leg. she's been with them five years and it was her fellow officers who dragged her to safety and a civilian, shetamia taylor, 37 years old. she took her four sons to the protest last night and when the shooting began, she dove on top of her 15-year-old son to protect him and she was wounded in the leg, but her boys are okay. don? >> the officers when lost their lives, what are you learning? >> reporter: i mean, one thing is very clear, the motto to protect and serve is not only something they believed in. it's something they died living up to. let me just give you a few names. brent thompson, he is said to be the first officer to die and he is with the rapid transit authority and he is the first of that agency to be killed in the line of duty. he is a seven-year veteran of the transit force. he was married just two weeks ago, and he was a police liaison officer in iraq and afghanistan. then there is patrick zamarripa.
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he's a father of two. he was serving on the dallas p.d., was a navy veteran. he had been deployed to bahrain during the war in iraq. michael krol. his family says he had wanted to be a police officer his whole life long. he actually served in the wayne county sheriff's office up in michigan, but he moved to dallas to become a police officer. we have michael smith, he was with the dallas police department since 1989 and lauren ahern, she's a 14-year veteran of the dallas police department, and those are the dead. don? >> martin savidge, thank you very much. as we mentioned at the top of this broadcast, two more police officers have been shot in the line of duty since dallas. one outside st. louis and badly wounded during a traffic stop. another in valdosta, georgia, shot while responding to a call at a local apartment complex. authorities treating both as ambushes. police officers are now patrolling in pair, doubling up
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for safety. until last night the police force that patrols a dallas area rapid transit system d.a.r.t. had never lost an officer in the line of duty. joining us now is d.a.r.t. police chief james spiller. first of all, we extend our c condolences to you and the department and their families. how are they holding up? >> everyone is holding up quite well. thank you for your condolences and we appreciate it. >> terrible circumstances. i don't know how you guys are able to stand right now. the officer killed from your department, his name was brent thompson. can you tell us about him? what was he like? >> absolutely. fun-loving guy. great people person. always charming and always had something positive to say and also would greet you with a smile and a hug and just that kind of person that you want your children to grow up to be. >> and as i understand, brent was the first officer in the history of your department who
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has actually been shot and killed, is that right? >> that's correct. >> yeah. >> i know you had the chance to go to the hospital and to visit the other three officers who were injured last night, the d.a.r.t. officers and how are they doing right now? >> they're doing exceptionally well. one has already been released and one has undergone surgery and is recovering well, and the other one should be in surgery now and i have not had a chance to talk with him because quite honestly, i've been out doing a lot of interviews and doing a lot of planning and addressing the other officers that are still out at work in the field making sure they keep their heads high as we always say being aware of their surroundings and not taking anything for granted considering everything that happened last night and what continues to happen around the country with police assaults just openly. >> let's talk about the
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investigation now. what's the latest? what can you tell us? >> you know, i really can't tell you much about the investigation because dallas police department is handling the investigation. i had people -- some of my officers from our criminal investigation unit shadowing them and so dallas has the main part of the investigation and we respond to them with any assistance required that may affect the transit that we control. >> as you look over the almost 24 hours -- almost 24 hours, i would imagine it's surreal for you. what is the message to the people in this community? what do you want to say to them right now? >> well, you know, if you take a look around behind me you will see the outpouring of support with the local residents and citizens bringing in flowers to place on the dallas police car, a d.a.r.t. police car and that's
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the symbol of the outpouring of support that we gather throughout the community and the north texas region and we're getting calls from all across the united states to include toronto, canada, and london, england. so it's unfortunate what happened, but again, our true american culture is coming out with the showing of support for the police officers in blue and we want to just make sure that we continue to uphold the traditions of the law enforcement profession. >> chief james spiller, thank you. again, our deepest condolences. >> thank you very much, and i really appreciate it. up next, new details on what authorities found at the gunman's home and whether anyone who knew him saw this coming. also continue to follow the demonstrations on the streets tonight. these images that you're looking at are from atlanta. because my dentures fit well. before those little pieces would get in between my dentures and my gum and it was uncomfortable.
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tonight, as we watch demonstrators in atlanta making their ways towards centennial park in the downtown section it is not far from the cnn center in atlanta. we are learning more about the dallas sniper who again, we are not naming, late today authorities gave more details on the horror he unleashed as well as what they found at his home and who this guy was. senior investigative correspondent drew griffin. police searched the gunman's home today. what did they find? yeah, don.
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they searched his home. he used two guns in the attack and when they searched his home they found rifle, more ammunition and bomb-making equipment. we saw police carrying what seem to be evidence bags out from the home earlier today. we also know in that home was some kind of a personal diary or a combat journal. this is this manifesto they are talking about. that is -- those are the facts, don. we're not talking about who this guy is and showing you any pictures, but the rest of the picture i can paint does not make any sense. this is his home behind me. that two-story, middle-class home and we're in a middle-class neighborhood and we know he lived here with his mom. his parents were divorced and his father apparently remarried a white woman. according to many, many of his friends who we've been talking to today he was a jovial kid growing up, typical, all-american. he was in rotc. he had a tight group of friends, football. he did go into the military,
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army reserve and it was after he came back from afghanistan that his friends say he began to draw back, but they did not see any signs of any kind of violence. in fact, one of them says he liked gun, but he never talked about violence in any way and it came as a complete shock to i must say probably a dozen friends that we talked to and they didn't want to talk on camera because they were just disgusted by what he did. >> these are live pictures coming in from atlanta and this is near the cnn center in downtown atlanta near centennial olympic park and you can see the protesters have taken over the streets there, and if you know anything about atlanta in that area, some of the interstates and streets are elevated and there are streets below and parking garages below, but again, you see protesters there on the streets and police officers forming a line trying to hold them back from continuing to go -- continuing on down the street and they have
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surrounded at least one police car, but again, it looks like a double line of police officers and again, this is all coming into us from atlanta this evening. there are protests scheduled around the country, as well and smaller protests in cities across america tonight, and this one we have live pictures of and because it's summer, you can still see, the sun is still up and we can still get good pictures of it and demonstrations going on. not as big as the demonstrations following the shootings in louisiana and minnesota, but they are happening tonight and we're keeping an eye on it and in talking to our correspondent drew griffin. drew, we're talking about this gunman and about his history and you were at his home today. the gunman, he was pinned down by police. authorities say he voiced hatred for law enforcement and you're actually finding evidence calling for violence against police, that he posted online before that attack. what can you tell us about that,
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drew? >> his facebook was filled with what i would call black nationalist links to various groups that call for black nationalism, pan-africanism. he actually on his facebook profile picture had the raised fist which symbolizes black power, but beyond that, don, he had links and posts to many different groups that i would call hate groups. this is why cnn is labeling this an act of domestic terrorism. one is i love black archaeologists which today posted this sick posts online, when they are burying those cops in dallas black people should observe a moment of silence for the thousands of unarmed innocent black people killed in america by racist police officers. this happened after the attack and another group he likes is the african-american defense league which posted this. we are calling on the gangs across the nation attack everything in blue except the
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mailman unless he is carrying more than the mail. a lot of electronic links to these type of groups on this killer, this dead killer's computer and on his facebook, and i am sure police are going to be delving into much, much more as they try to find out if there was anything beyond just a social media connection to some of these various groups and entities. >> drew griffin. senior investigative correspondent, thank you very much. we are looking at these pick theures and following and what's happening in atlanta and this crowd getting bigger near centennial a limpic park near the cnn center. they have blocked off a section of the highway there, the police have, at least, trying to hold them in one area. it started a little bit smaller and it appears to be gaining by the moment here and we'll keep an eye on it and speaking of protests, i want to bring in someone now, tyler johnson who
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was marching last night when the shooting broke out, tyler, and we will keep an eye on these pictures just so you know. you were involved in the demonstration last night. i want you to explain to our viewers what you saw and heard last night. what did you think when those shots first rang out? >> when the shots first were shot everyone dispersed and there was chaos. you couldn't tell where the shots were coming from, who was being shot. i actually approached a street where a lot of people were gathered and where they were running from to make sure there weren't any women or children out in the street and shortly afterwards i could see the police firing at someone. i couldn't see who they were firing at, but i can see a lot of shooting going on. >> so, tyler, was there a lot of confusion, obviously. that's something we continue to hear about a lot. how soon did you realize that police officers were the ones
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being targeted and that this wasn't just some random shoot g shooting? >> actually, being down there on the ground, looking at the police shooting, you couldn't tell exactly who they were shooting at and what was going on. like i said, everyone from the protest spread out and they weren't aiming at anyone from the protest so you couldn't tell exactly who was doing the shooting. it was until later when i actually spoke to a police officer that i knew that they were targeting police. you actually saw wounded police officers, is that right? snoof my friends were trapped in the omni, in the basement and there was a shooter in the omni. i was told i couldn't do down there. i tried to go the other way. i saw a police with a bullet in his leg. my friends reported they saw
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wounded officer, as well. it was complete chaos. >> i want to tell our viewers that as we're talking to tyler who was at the march last night and actually was there and witnessed the chaos, we're looking at pictures coming in, live pictures coming in from atlanta, georgia, where protesters have gathered and they have taken over at least a section of the highway there. police are trying to keep them corralled to one area, but this crowd is growing by the moment and we're keeping an eye on it and we want to thank tyler johnson, thank you very much. we are glad that you're safe, okay? thank you for having me. >> thank you very much. we'll keep an eye on these pictures and the latest protests going on across this country and we'll check in with our reporter at the scene in atlanta. make sure you stay tuned and we'll talk more about last night's events and what that means for the black lives matter movement and for every american and what hillary clinton and donald trump are saying tonight.
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together, we're building a better california. all right. back now live and you're looking at live pictures. this is from atlanta right off interstate 75-85.
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if you're in atlanta headed toward the airport and this is the williams street exit if you know the area. there they are, hundreds of people gathering on this exit of the interstate and it's near centennial olympic park, not far from the cnn center. i believe the w hotel is right there. again, if you know the area, but if you look at this you can see police officers trying to hold those protesters back from moving any further along that interstate and on that exit. our correspondent is pablo sandoval. are you there? all right. i'm not sure if pablo can hear me, as we try to figure out again, i just want you to just take a look at this.
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listen, this is friday night in atlanta, very busy night. you can see traffic is backed up there in atlanta, and there are scenes like this that are going to play out all across the country tonight and probably into the weekend and again, all of this happening after this deadly ambush on the officers in dallas, texas. we saw protesters two nights ago and last night, as well, obviously when all of the chaos and the melee took place in dallas, but again, this is all playing out and we're keeping a close eye on it because at this point in time you never know what's going to happen and we hope that these protests are peaceful, but obviously people are upset. tensions are high right now. a big part of the country is sad, angry, emotions all over the place in the country and again, people are taking to the streets now and they are displaying their right to protest in america to demonstrate.
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we'll keep an eye on it and we'll try to get back to our correspondent pablo sandoval in a moment. we have just learned that president barack obama will cut his trip to europe short and he's going to be visiting dallas early in, week. the two people hoping to replace him today to address the violent scene this week and here is what hillary clinton said in an interview with our very own wolf blitzer earlier today. here it is. >> we must do more to have national guidelines about the use of force by police especially deadly force. we need to do more to look into implicit bias, and we need to do more to respect and protect our police. look at what happened in dallas. those police officers were protecting a peaceful protest, a protest of authority. that is the hallmark of america. >> donald trump has also spoken about the shootings in dallas and the killing of two african-american men this week. he released a statement just
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over an hour ago. a portion of it now. >> we must stand in solidarity with law enforcement which we must remember is the force between civilization and total chaos. every american has the right to live in safety and peace. the deaths of alton sterling in louisiana and philando castile in minnesota also make clear how much more work we have to do to make every american feel that their safety is protected. >> so let's talk about this. let's talk about the demonstrations going on as well and joining me now is the op ed columnist charles blow and former executive director of the congressional black caucus, angela rye and jeff rida of the police officers association. good evening to all of you. jeff, to you first, when you look at these pictures of what's happening now in atlanta, what do you think? >> well, i'm thinking what those cops are thinking, don. they feel like sitting ducks out
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there. they're all on that line thinking if some monster wants to perform the same sort of evil acts that were carried out last night i'm here for the taking. there's not much that we can do as law enforcement to combat snipers other than have snipers in place ourselves, and all of the criticism that was heaped on law enforcement in ferguson when we had snipers in place while people on the ground were protesting and shooting on police officers. it's a tenuous situation for them and every cop on the street tonight. >> has it changed to one of fear. >> i think on couple of theses, don, and i saw this coming into the building tonight. it's not just fear. it's a desire to make things happen and the reason why the
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folks are outside sweating right now is because any of them are desiring to be a monster or monstrous. it's because they want to live in peace. they want to enshire their livelihood and they deserve it as human beings and as american, and so i hope that the paradigm of these police officers is not to protect themselves against monsters, but against young black people who also have the right to life. that is why the congressional black caucus earlier today said that they stood in solidarity with black lives matter because they do matter and we continue to have to prove that every time another one is shot and killed. i think that donald trump even in this statement that you just mentioned, don, or just aired. donald trump said we stand in solidarity with law enforcement and almost mentioned alton sterling and philando castile as an afterthought and not standing in solidarity with them. so just in that statement you hear why black people feel like the outcasts of this country
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whether they're tax paying people or not and whether they have a criminal record or not. you feel why people are treated like outcasts. >> you spoke out last night and this morning about the dangers of politicizing this. >> right. it is so easy for me to say about the shooter in dallas that he's a coward, that he's a terrorist, that he's a racist, that he's a murderer, that there should be no making of common cause with that person and it is easy for me to say that my heart goes out to the families of the people who were injured and especially those who were killed. it is easy because it is part of being human, but when you encounter people who cannot seem to find a way to extend that
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hum humanity to black people who are also killed, then that person is telling you that they are morally deficient, that they are bereft, that they are humanly diminished. that person is telling you to your face that the only accompaniment, proper accompaniment for black blood and black pain and black loss is black silence and black acceptance and that is something for which i cannot accept, not now and not ever. >> jeff, you say that the rhetoric that has taken place over the last two years since ferguson and maybe even beyond, since trayvon martin. you think that it has led up to this moment in dallas? >> absolutely. positively. >> why is that?
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>> well, because it stirs the exact emotions that we saw in that sick human being that took these five police officers' lives. listen, if charles is sincere in wanting to avoid these deadly confrontations between police and young black men as i am, because those conversations can end with a police officer dead. >> i am talking about his prob scomplem so inagainst this hate speech. >> stop! >> let's have a conversation about that because that is a historical lesson that we should all learn and we can start having that conversation tonight. >> wait, one second. >> i'm trying to agree with you. >> don't agree with me while i'm talking, though. >> the ghettos in it country were created by design, by government policy.
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concentrated poverty is a condition that is created by policy that this country has created over decades and over centuries. concentrated poverty is a fertile ground for violence and crime, and then we then have to send police officers into those environments that we created and when they have -- when we have the friction and they rub up against each other and then something invariably tragically goes wrong, this is what we get, but what we can't do is to have an amnesia about history and how we got to this place. we can't say that black people woke up one day and said, you know what? i would really like to live in the poorest, most dangerous parts of the country. >> i totally agree, charles. economic segregation is a very real thing. it's at the root of these deadly
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confrontation, but law enforcement didn't create that economic segregation. the politicians who are now attacking law enforcement like one of our fellow panelists are the ones that created that and allow it to continue. cops are there to make those neighborhoods safer, to try to make black lives matter and to try to allow these kids to see a future where many don't. >> let angela respond. >> so first of all, i don't know what you're talking about. i have not said anything that was hate-filled or anything toward law enforcement. i worked for 40-plus members of congress who have never done such a thing so i reject that and i suggest that you start telling the truth on air because we have an awesome responsibility. whatever -- >> did you say whatever? >> anyway, so let me read this because we read, we had donald trump's statement. we have hillary clinton's statement and we're talking about an entity that is supposedly anti-police and i
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hope it's not black lives matter. because this is what black lives matter said. they said black activists have raised a call for an end to violence and not an escalation of it. yesterday's attack were the actions of a lone gunman. to assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. >> were you here in ferguson? did you see the way the black lives matter protesters conducted themselves? >> so what i think is very important for you to understand just like there are rogue cops who shoot black people for sport. >> that's the most offensive thing i've ever heard on this network for sport. >> you calling an organization -- we're mounting heads on the wall. that's what -- >> angela, do you think it's inflammatory to say that police officers shoot black people for sport? >> no, i don't. i think that's exactly how i feel and when you look across this country at the data and when you look at why the folks in the streets are angry. >> it's because of that
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rhetoric. you're the one -- cops -- let me finish. >> shame on you! shame on you! >> why don't you be quiet! why don't you listen you are so arrogant you can't even hear. your saying the same things that led to murders last night. >> you know what? the blood is not on my hands for telling the truth. there have been lynch mobs for decades. there have been killings for decades that we have been told we lied about before there was videotape and audiotape and conveniently during alton sterling's cold-hearted murder the other day, body cameras fell off. don't tell me about how i'm -- the blood is not on my hands. >> the video from convenience store exonerates those cops. >> that is not true. you know that's not true. >> give us the final word here, please. again, nobody hears when everybody is talking. >> i just think that what we have to ask ourselves is is it acceptable for us that so many
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of these young black people, disproportionately young black people are collateral damage in the quest for our safety? >> yeah. >> that's a very simple question, right? that's the moral argument and separate from the legal argument. that's the moral argument. if we accept and say that this is not acceptable to us that is the starting -- that is a baseline for a constructive conversation and constructive kind of re-aligning of policing. >> again, we all have to listen -- >> thank you, jeff, thank you, charles, thank you, angela. i really appreciate it. we will continue to follow our breaking news coverage here on cnn and you can see protesters taking over a section of the interstate in atlanta, georgia. it is in the downtown area as the sun starts to go down. the sun is setting very soon in atlanta, georgia, and we will continue to follow this. our pablo sandoval is on the scene and we'll talk to him when we come back. to win at the olympic games, allyson felix needs to be
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welcome back. you see the live pictures of them stations going on tonight. the night after a peaceful protest in dallas was shattered by gun fire. the latest happening in atlanta,
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and there's a crowd. a ground shot. polo, take us through this demonstration. what's going on? >> reporter: hi, don. earlier today law enforcement had somewhat put down a law and said no traffic on the highway and that is something that they're trying to keep right now from happening. we have seen these demonstrators march throughout downtown atlanta for two hours now. law enforcement, and the atlanta police are giving them free rein in downtown atlanta as long as they stay off the highway and thousands of these demonstrators made their way toward the interstate and those are some of the pictures you are able to see not only high above, but also on the ground where law enforcement are trying to create a line to keep some of the protesters from making their way on to the interstate. yesterday, we marched with 1500 or so, obviously, a smaller crowd and the moments things could get tense is when they made it on to the i-85 corridor
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and they were pleading with protesters to please stay off the highway and this is something that they are trying to do and in an interesting development here a few moments ago, don, i don't know if it would help the situation or not. this is the place where you will right now find people of all ages, as well as they continue to try and have their voice heard, but again, it's the message that the city was trying to deliver to the crowds today was to try to see what the mayor called keeping in the tradition of the protest of dr. martin luther king, keeping in respect of the laws and allowing people to maintain their commitment to their mission. >> just to be clear. emotions are running high around the country. so far it has been peaceful there, polo? >> reporter: things have stayed relatively quiet, and i think
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that's something that we should keep in mind. things have stayed peaceful and this is at the height of anything that we've seen so far. it started as a dialogue which is outside of cnn center at centennial park at the heart of downtown and then now the protesters made their way on to the streets. many of them trying to open up this dialogue and police really did -- they were fairly restrained and even holding back and simply just watching and you see some law enforcement officers on rooftops, as well and security is a concern, almost 24 hours since the shots of gun fire rang out and obviously, authorities said earlier today there was that concern for security every time you get so many people together, but they did say they would increase a certain tactical presence and it would be something that was on the street so as not to stir up the crowd. >> reporter: polo sandoval in the crowd in atlanta. thank you very much, we appreciate that. by all accounts, last night's protesters in dallas was a
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peaceful one and police officers taking pictures with protesters. that peace was shattered by what officials now believe was a lone gunman. one of the organizers of the dallas protest was reverend jeff hood. you not only helped organize protest last night, but was an eyewitness to the shooting. i want you to take me through it. you were talking to a police officer about how non-violent the protest was and then shots rang out. >> you know, no question about it. we started organizing a non-violent protest. we held a non-violent protest. we organized a non-violent march and held a non-violent march and i was standing there and i was talking to one of the police officers who had helped us throughout the march, and we both were, you know, just keeping on talking and talking about for so many people how
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non-violent the protest was, you know, and how things were going great and then all of a sudden we hear pow, pow, pow, and you know, that lasted a millisecond. then i realized that these were gun shots. ultimately i started to see people diving. i believe i saw what appeared to be two police officers on the ground and you know, the officer ran towards the shooting. i knew that i had 800 people behind me that i felt responsible for and i knew that they were walking into the line of fire. at that point, we had no idea why anyone would be shooting. i just knew people were shooting. i was screaming, run, run, run, active shooter, active shooter, go, go, go, go, go! and as people took off, i was
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stopping to pray, i was stopping to talk to people about their questions and what was going on. >> really, it sounds like chaos out there when it happened. i have to ask you a question, because now that you know, now that we know more about what happened and how it happened, again, utter chaos, how do you make sense of all this? the idea that this protest is going on against police brutality and then a mass shooting of police officers is carried out. >> the bottom line is that love and justice is what's going to bring about an end to police brutality. not violence. we saw the opposite of how we should engage police brutality here last night. >> the shooter, according to police, said that he was upset about recent police killings. he expressed anger for the black lives matter movement.
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did you have -- did he have any connection to any of the organizations or the event, to your knowledge? >> no. no. as soon as, when i saw his picture, i had no idea. this afternoon was the first time i had ever seen him. >> first time you had seen him. you are an activist but also -- >> no question about it. >> you are a man of god as well. tensions are running really high over what happened last night to these officers. tensions are also high over what happened to those killed by police officers earlier in the week. what is your message tonight to the people in dallas? and really all across this country? >> stop shooting. stop shooting, america. stop shooting. love and justice is the only way. it is the only way. so let's love somebody and let's bring about justice for all of our neighbors. amen. >> reverend hood, thank you.
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>> thank you. >> the five police officers killed last night in dallas are being remembered as heroes who died in the line of duty protecting peaceful protesters who were exercising their first amendment rights. they were fathers and husbands. brothers and sons. seven other officers were wounded in the ambush along with two civilians. this is obviously a devastating time for the dallas police force. a prayer vigil today, this officer wiped away tears as strangers hugged her. a show of support in a sea of grief. these are difficult days for the dallas community and the country, really. in the days ahead, there will be five funerals to get through. here's martin savidge. >> reporter: officer patrick zamarripa loved being a cop. he served on the dallas police force for five years. on thursday night he was deployed to watch over the protest. a navy veteran who survived multiple tours in the iraq war, officer zamarripa died on the
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streets of dallas. he leaves behind two young children. his father and brother posting tributes to him on facebook and twitter, saying they couldn't be prouder. officer zamarripa was 32 years old. officer michael krol worked as a sheriff's deputy in michigan. he moved to dallas in 2007 to fulfill his goal of becoming a police officer. his uncle says he worked hard to yo join the dallas police force. he was 40 years old. officer lauren irons was a 14 year veteran of the dallas police force, married to a dallas police detective. he leaves behind two children. brent thompson was a dallas area rapid transit officer, a s seven-year veteran of the force. he was a father and grandfather and a newlywed. he married a fellow transit officer just weeks ago. >> i just spoke with him a couple weeks ago. he was in great spirit. >> reporter: before working in dallas he worked overseas as a
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police liaison officer in iraq and afghanistan. he was the first officer to be killed in the protests. officer thompson was 43 years old. three other d.a.r.t. officers were also shot in the protest but are expected to survive. officer misty mcbride was shot once in the arm and once in the abdomen. her fellow officers helped her to safety. her young daughter says she was able to tell her mom she loved her before she headed in for surgery. >> i was just happy that she was okay. that she can live on to tomorrow and that i'm just glad that she's alive, really. >> reporter: two civilians were also wounded in the shooting. one of them was attending the protest with her four sons. when the gunfire broke out, shetamia tailor was shot in the right leg and immediately jumped to cover her son with her body. >> she jumped on top to cover him as she pushed him between
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two cars and the curb. her other three boys scattered and ran in opposite directions so she lost three of her boys. didn't know where they were. >> reporter: she's expected to make a full recovery. her sister says she's been praying for the families of the fallen police officers. >> martin savidge joins me from dallas. so much more to these victims than you could even put together in that short amount of time in that story. >> yeah, right. we will continue to add, i should mention the other officer, michael smith, 55 years of age, leaves behind two daughters and he joined the dallas police force in 1989. i will leave you with at least some good news and that is according to the governor, state of texas, the conversation he had with wolf blitzer awhile ago, he said all the other wounded officers have now been released from the hospital. >> martin savidge, thank you very much. much more ahead in this two-hour edition of "360" as we continue to watch the protests
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good evening. i'm john berman. at the end of a somber day