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good morning, america. ambush in dallas. the nation reacting with sadness and confusion in the wake of tragedy. >> we care. i care. >> new video this morning taking us moment by moment through the siege, the standoff and its explosive end. [ sirens ] and the five fallen heroes. what we know about the officers slain in dallas and a profile of the shooter. new details are emerging about the army veteran who carried out the horrific attacks. >> he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers. >> an arsenal discovered in the gunman's home and a vendetta for police. >> this guy lived around the corner from me and was willing to take people's lives that he didn't even know. >> president obama responding to the deadly attack cutting his european visit short as the candidates weigh in.
>> we must stand in solidarity with law enforcement. >> there is too much violence, too much hate. >> and -- >> no more shooting. that's all you need to know. >> -- more clashes with police as protests erupt overnight. >> we've got to stay in the streets. >> this morning we have complete coverage. and good morning, everyone. let's get right to the new developments in the massacre of those five police officers in dallas, an act of madness that has injected a whole new level of anger and fear into america's already fraught debate over race and law enforcement. >> overnight large street demonstrations have been going on in cities across our country. the protest movement against fatal police shootings of black people is not slowing down even after the events in dallas where five officers were murdered and the tension is evident. we want you to look at the social video from an overnight demonstration in baton rouge.
you can see an officer pulling his gun on protesters. >> in some places, though, communities are really coming together. this indelible image out of dallas, a police car there blanketed in flowers. >> and this morning we are getting new video and new eyewitness accounts of the fear as well as the heroism during the shooting in dallas. we have team coverage this morning, and we do begin with abc's matt gutman right there on the ground in downtown dallas. good morning, matt. >> reporter: good morning, paula. that fear and heroism you mentioned was intensified by the fact that city officials here in the city were convinced they were under siege by an unknown number of gunmen. now that they know it was a lone gunman, officials are focusing on how he did this and patching dallas back together. >> oh, it's a sniper from up here somewhere. >> it's a sniper? >> reporter: this morning as agents combed the streets for evidence, they're learning more about the gunman. >> there was confusion with everybody running around, but this was a mobile shooter. >> reporter: who police say began blasting away shortly
after this peaceful demonstration in dallas on thursday. as the gunfire ricochets hundreds scatter. some hide between cars. a woman runs pushing a baby carriage. as police lunged for cover and trying to find the shooter, they started to go down. >> code three, officer down. shots fired. officer down. >> we got a guy with a long rifle. we don't know where the hell he's at. >> reporter: dallas pd shutting down the airspace over town thinking this was an ambush with multiple shooters. >> somebody is really armed to the teeth. this is not one person. >> reporter: but it was one shooter, micah xavier johnson. >> mr. johnson had written manifestos on how to shoot and move. >> reporter: you see him in this video advancing with deadly efficiency on this officer firing, the officer gunned down. the toll, 14 shot, 12 of them officers, 5 of the officers died. towards midnight s.w.a.t. teams
finally corner johnson on the second floor of el centro college. >> the suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers. >> reporter: negotiations break down and police use an explosive mounted on a robot similar to this one to kill johnson for the first time in history. the crime scene enormous. spanning 20 city blocks. the shooter was about 100 yards away. still he was able to hit this squad car. you see bullet holes here and down there and on the other side of the car, he actually managed to shoot out the tires. tensions here still high as we interviewed the chief of the dallas area rapid transit who lost one of his officers in the attack, a man approaches from behind making that shooting motion into the chief's back. it was a pretty disturbing interaction, and immediately afterwards i challenged the chief about how it made him feel. he said that right now all officers regardless of race feel
vulnerable and we should note that in that chaotic shoot-out hundreds of officers were involved, but only 12 of them discharged their weapons. paula. >> that was a jarring and disturbing moment right there, matt. thank you. we do want to move now to the investigation focusing on the gunman, 25-year-old micah johnson. he was a former army reservist and this morning the ap as well as "e new york times" reporting johnson was accused of sexual assault by a female soldier when he served in afghanistan. he reportedly received an honorable discharge for reasons his military lawyer says he doesn't understand, and abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas joins us now from washington with more on what we're learning about the gunman. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning, paula. the suspect's motive disturbing. racial hatred and simmering bitterness for police. authorities say this is the deadly sniper, micah xavier johnson, a former military man who went hunting for police specifically white officers. >> one officer is down. >> there appears to have been one gunman with no known links
to or inspiration from any international terrorist organization. >> reporter: law enforcement sources tell abc news johnson was armed for a shooting spree with an assault rifle and two handguns. >> it's been a tale of cowardice by an assassin. >> reporter: johnson served in the army reserve from 2009 to 2015 doing a tour in afghanistan. according to police, his facebook page reveals some of that rage against police. he liked the page which said, "kill everything blue that moves." overnight police searched johnson home's in mesquite, texas. they say they found bombmaking materials, ballistic vests, a rifle and a personal journal on combat tactics. >> this was a well planned, well thought out, evil tragedy. >> reporter: neighbors in this quiet suburb of dallas were stunned that the killer was living among them. >> this guy lived around the corner from me and was willing to take people's lives that he
didn't even know. you know, it's scary. >> reporter: micah's sister took to facebook writing "the news will say what they think, but those who knew him know this wasn't like him." while there's no sign of a wider plot, police continue digging into johnson's background searching for anyone who might have supported him, especially black supremacists. no evidence of that so far but police in dallas and around the nation remaining on alert, paula. >> pierre, how pivotal is this time in our country right now? >> reporter: this is a defining moment. you have routine encounters between black men and police turning deadly like that tragic case in minnesota. at the same time this year the number of officers killed by guns in the line of duty is up 44%. that's a complicated mix. >> very complicated. pierre, thank you. dan. >> complicating and combustible mix. pierre thomas, thank you. there is a real debate this morning about the apparently unprecedented decision by police in dallas to take the shooter out using a robot. so let's bring in abc's crime and terror analyst brad garrett. brad is also a former fbi agent. brad, good morning.
police in dallas said they made this decision because, quote, other options would have exposed our officers to great danger. so do you support the use of a robot in this case? >> yes, and the reason why, dan, is that i don't think they could eliminate that he had explosives. obviously he was lethal. he had already killed a number of officers, so what are your options? send a s.w.a.t. team in, maybe get one of them hurt or send a robot in knowing you're going to have to ultimately kill him anyway. >> but why not simply wait him out? at some point he's going to need to sleep or eat or something like that. why not wait him out for a couple more hours? this is the argument that some are advancing this morning. >> of course. they did wait him out for five hours and i think reached a point where this is not going to get any better. and so we're going to have to end this because, you know, the issue is going to be he's apparently in a parking garage. could he shoot somebody else, and the answer is probably yes. >> some people this morning are worried about the precedent this decision may set about the
militarization of our police departments, about the blurring of the line between policing and warfare and about the fact that the argument goes the further you remove officers from the use of lethal force, the easier it may become, so do you share any of those concerns? >> i only share that it's used in situations like this. clearly, dan, in any terrorist or extremist takeover situation where the person is not coming out and it's clear that you're going to have to go in and get them, why not at least use a device where no one else is going to get hurt. >> yeah, but others worry about a slippery slope. brad, we appreciate your analysis this morning. thank you very much. >> and we are remembering those five officers who lost their lives in dallas, and we're learning more about the men who died in the line of duty. >> lives cut short in a senseless act of violence leaving distraught families behind, and abc's phillip mena with that part of the story. phillip, good morning to you. >> reporter: dan, paula, good morning. this is just what rips your heart out seeing these flowers and balloons and these messages
of love and gratitude to the fallen heroes of this city. overnight a growing memorial outside police headquarters in dallas, a tribute to the heroes. five officers killed in the line of duty, police say, at the hands of a sniper. this morning, we're learning their names. 32-year-old patrick zamarripa, a young husband and father to a 2-year-old girl. he survived three tours in iraq. 40-year-old michael krol, his mother saying he was living a dream of being a police officer. he knew the danger of the job, but he never shied away from his duty. 55-year-old michael smith, a 26-year veteran of the force. lorne ahrens, he served for 14 years and brent thompson, the first dallas transit cop to die in the line of duty. he was a newlywed married just two weeks ago. his wife also a d.a.r.t. officer now a widow. and this morning, many of the survivors in blue also being hailed as heroes. video from that horrific night showing countless officers
running toward the gunfire keeping protesters out of harm's way. civilians also displaying heroics like shetamia taylor, the mother shot while shielding her son both surviving the gunfire. taylor's sister describing the hail of bullets police braved to get her. >> she said it was about five minutes before cops even got to her and pulled her from the area where she was because the shots were coming so fast. >> reporter: many of the victims rushed to baylor university medical center. >> you see the police officers in the er, they're supporting each other, hugging each other, the tears, some family members, you realize what a tragedy it is. >> i tried to really maintain my emotions, but in my car is when i really -- it hit me. my husband is a police officer in dallas. >> reporter: since yesterday loved ones and strangers have been coming down here to police headquarters to silently reflect and pay their respects to those fallen officers. paula. >> all right, phillip, thank you. and one of the officers killed in the line of duty was officer
patrick zamarripa, a five-year police veteran. right now we are joined by his mother valerie, as well as his godson, amando martinez. first of all, i just can't express our condolences enough. we're so sorry about this tragedy. valerie, can you tell us how your family is holding up right now? >> well, as well as can be so far. it's pretty tough and really hard to grasp. >> i want to ask you about the type of man that patrick was. i know that he leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter named lyncoln. what will you tell her about her father, and how do you ensure that his legacy lives on? >> i will definitely make sure that she knows what a great, humble person and special, very special man that he was. >> amando, i want to ask you, you're 19, he was your godfather and you said that he was the policeman of the family. how so? >> he was always the -- my big brother essentially.
he would always protect me from them teasing me and them pushing me around, and he'd always have the moral compass to always keep us on the right path. >> and, valerie, i want to go back to patrick, he served three tours in iraq, and now he was serving in dallas. what did this country, what did his local community mean to him? >> he loved his community, and even though he lived here in ft. worth, he worked in dallas, but he stayed involved and just always making sure that everybody was okay and doing what he needed to do to make everybody happy. >> did you ever worry about your son's safety? >> oh, yes, every day that he went to work when i knew that he was working, i prayed, and if we heard of something going on, we were all on standby, just alert. >> we really want to thank you for taking the time. i know this is a really tough time for your family, valerie. and we want to thank you both for joining us and our condolences again for your extraordinary loss. >> thank you so much.
>> appreciate it. >> thank you. >> you heard it there. an extraordinary family man and now that family has the burden of raising that child that he leaves behind, as well as a stepson, but ensuring that that little girl lyncoln knows who her father was and that he lost his life in the line of duty. >> really thinking about that little girl this morning. as we said at the top of the show, despite the attack on the officers in dallas, the protest movement against police killings of black people is at full force. thousands of demonstrators hitting the streets overnight all over america. this as we learn more about those two high-profile police shootings in recent days, one in louisiana, the other in minnesota. abc's gio benitez is in minneapolis with more this morning. gio, good morning to you. >> reporter: dan, good morning to you. demonstrators are camping out here at the minnesota's governor's mansion. they like millions of others want their voices heard. >> all: black lives matter. >> reporter: overnight massive protests across the nation from atlanta to phoenix where
protesters were met with pepper spray to baton rouge. >> are y'all going to shoot me? are y'all going to shoot me? >> reporter: to minnesota where the reverend jesse jackson made an appearance. >> as for this execution here a few days ago, our brother will live as long as we remember him. >> reporter: you're still here protesting. why? >> we're serious. we need a change before even more things start to happen, worse things. >> reporter: they are protesting the shooting deaths of alton sterling and philando castile, two high-profile police shootings igniting a nationwide firestorm. one showing a close-up killing in front of a louisiana convenience store. the other broadcast live on facebook from minnesota. >> i told him to get his hand up. >> you told him to get his i.d., sir. his driver's license. >> reporter: philando castile's girlfriend, diamond reynolds, who was in the car during the traffic stop along with her young daughter -- >> it's okay, i'm right here with you. >> reporter: capturing the aftermath. that's officer jeronimo yanez
pointing his gun into the car just moments after shooting castile. this morning, she and the family of alton sterling in baton rouge are uniting in their messages to the families of those officers killed in dallas. >> it hurts me what's going on in dallas because nobody should have to be tooken away from their family. >> reporter: and here in minnesota the county attorney is now deciding whether to use a grand jury to determine if those officers should face any charges. dan and paula. >> unfortunately united in our grief this country is. gio, thank you. and coming up, we're going to hear how the presidential candidates are reacting to these events. yeah, but there is other news this morning, including severe weather so let's get it over to rob. hi, rob. >> hi, dan. several pockets of severe weather yesterday and today. we start you off in michigan, winds over 65 miles an hour did some damage knocking out power and taking down a lot of trees, some lancing in through detroit
and at the height of that over 60,000 people without power. also across parts of north carolina, 85-mile-an-hour winds close to the mountains there in asheville and also in through charlotte, a lot of tree damage and also thousands of people without power during the height of the storm and there's a lightning strike right at the airport. 375 storm reports right along i-40. also there's michigan and a couple in central new jersey where there was some strong storms yesterday afternoon. today we're going to see a threat for severe weather again along the delaware and through new jersey and parts of eastern pennsylvania, a little back door front keeping things cool from boston to new york maybe knocking down that threat at least during the daytime hours and across the northern plains. this is an area not only today but tomorrow we'll see some damaging winds, potentially an isolated tornado. out to the west we go, it's heating up. we've got wind advisories, so fire weather watches, red flag warnings. look at some of these numbers, in salt lake city, 100 degrees, it could touch that today. 96 degrees in denver and a strong trough across the pacific northwest kind of cranking up some of these winds with a strong high pressure across the
four corners region today. 70 degrees in portland, oregon. normally we get summer around july 5th. this year is more like seattle around july 10th or 15 july 4th is over. we're into it. it's the heat of summer and we're going to crank things up, the climate forecast for the next two weeks coming up in about ten minutes. i know you're a fan of the heat so that's for you. >> not really. >> you know what ron is a fan of, and it's time to check in with you but apparently we have a winner of the mega millions. not you. >> it's not you. it's not dan.
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burst into flames narrowly missing homes. the aircraft went down shortly after taking off from west houston airport. investigators say engine failure may have caused that crash. and a new diplomatic fallout from a scuffle between a russian security guard and an american embassy official in moscow. it was caught on camera. the u.s. expelling two russian officials in response to what the state department calls an unprovoked attack on the american diplomat. this video showing the russian security guard tackling that man outside the u.s. embassy in moscow. russian officials claim the man is a cia agent. and some unlikely heroes came to the aid of an ailing jail guard in texas who collapsed on the job. several inmates who were shackled went into action bursting out of their cells, their locked cell banging on doors trying to get help for that fallen guard. the responding guards, as you can imagine, worried about what was happening, they rounded up the prisoners, then began cpr on their fellow officer, the one who was down. that guard who collapsed, he is okay.
and finally an outpouring of love and support in the wake of the dallas police shootings, a 7-year-old girl in wimberley, texas, showing her appreciation for her town's first responders, she's offering free lemonade and free hugs to thank them for their service. a nice gesture in the aftermath of that tragedy there in dallas. >> it looks like they appreciate it. >> it does. >> they're hugging her right back. really cute. >> something that kind of warms your heart this morning on a heavy day. thanks, rob. thanks, ron. >> coming up on "gma," how police are changing the way they patrol in the wake of the massacre. what we found when we sent a reporter for a ride-along. plus, the tragedy affecting the presidential campaign as well. what the candidates are saying about the situation in dallas. "good morning america" is brought to you by planet fitness. home of the judgment-free zone. fitness.
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protesters started on the embarcadero and made their way to city hall. despite clear tension between them and police, dozens of san francisco officers walked along with the protesters. let's turn to weather now with meteorologist lisaar general. >> you can see the depth has increased, some areas are clear outside our studio. we have clouds all the way into concord in spots. from our east bay hills camera, it's there. we have a sunny afternoon, upper 50s coast, 80 inland. >> lisa, thank you. the news continues right now with "good morning america."
welcome back to "gma" on a very busy saturday morning. this morning we're learning more about the gunman who killed five police officers in dallas. law enforcement sources telling abc news 25-year-old micah johnson, an army vet, was armed with an assault rifle and two handguns. >> johnson told authorities, as well, that he was upset about recent shootings of black men by police, and he especially wanted to kill white officers. >> just a few moments ago i spoke with lynn mays, an eyewitness, who was just feet away when the first officers were shot. lynn, thanks for joining us. so i know you were right there at what was a peaceful protest. can you tell me about the moment when you knew things were going badly wrong? >> well, as you said, it was a peaceful protest. everybody came down, and it was a peaceful mind-set. everything was going fine.
there was no arguing amongst the protesters. the protesters weren't arguing with the police. the police didn't have to come in any riot gear. there was nothing saying -- showing that there was going to be any type of tragedy to take place. and then the next thing you know when it was all over and the march was all over, you heard gunshots and multiple gunshots and more gunshots, so now at this point i'm by myself and there's a couple of police officers that's standing behind me, so when the gunshots took off, i took off running like everybody else did not knowing what direction to go because downtown dallas, when you hear a gunshot, it echoes, so we're hearing gunshots echoing all over downtown dallas, we don't know where to go, so everybody is scrambling, and at this time i feel a push in the back and hear a "get out the way, get out the way," and just so happened it was a police officer pushing
me out of the way because the shooter was right behind us down the street shooting at a fellow officer. >> do you feel that the officer who pushed you down may have saved your life possibly? >> yes, yes, even though they said that the shooter wasn't targeting african-americans, there was multiple shots. even though there's shots that accounted for because police officers were hit and the police officers were killed, but there was more shots that was shot. where did those bullets go? >> lynn, i just have to ask you what kind of feelings this brings up for you because here you are at a protest against what you view to be inappropriate behavior by police and shots ring out, and a police officer may well have saved your life. does that change your view at all about this situation? >> my views have not changed. we're still looking for a solution, and i ask that we do not let what happened, that situation, overshadow the reason that we were here. both situations need to be handled, but they need to be handled separately and
accordingly and not one overshadowing the other because right is right, wrong is wrong, innocent lives was taken. they say black lives matters. police lives matters. >> it's a truism but important to say all lives matter. lynn mays, we really appreciate your time, and we're glad you're well this morning. thank you very much, sir. >> and thank you. this morning there are also changes in the way that officers across the country are conducting their patrols to avoid becoming potential targets. abc's ryan smith has been riding along with law enforcement to get a sense of what they're going through right now. ryan joins us this morning. hi, ryan. >> reporter: hi, paula. the attack in dallas communities they serve on edge but the traffic officer i rode along with saying he doesn't fear for his safety because he's focused on his training doing his job. this morning, police forces around the country are reeling from the deadliest day for law enforcement since 9/11. officers on edge in major
cities. >> all officers are urged to exercise extreme caution. >> reporter: within the last 24 hours, an officer ambushed in tennessee, another in georgia and a third killed during a traffic stop in st. louis, missouri. in new york, washington, boston, and chicago, no officer is alone, patrolling in pairs. officers in new jersey urged to hide any sign of the badge while off duty to protect themselves against potential civilian threats. >> a situation can turn from good to bad in a second. >> i rode along with officer richard paladino in a police cruiser in new jersey on friday. >> some people trust the police. some people don't trust the police. it's all i guess based on your perceptions of them. >> does that affect in any way the way that you do your job? >> no, you have to do your job the same every day. >> here on the side of the road for a routine traffic stop can be one of the most dangerous places for a cop on duty. last year 42 officers were killed in the line of duty by
gunfire. >> it's an awful time in american policing at this moment and one that we're all going to have to basically be in together to move through. >> now, officers i spoke to saying communication is key. that's important for people of color, as well. mourning the loss of the officers in dallas, but so many hoping that ambush doesn't overshadow the need for discussions of how to resolve issues of mistrust between people of color and the officers in the communities that they serve. >> yeah, this is actually what we're hearing just now from lynn mays, as well. ryan, thank you. let's switch gears now and check the weather for a moment and let's get it back to rob. hi, rob. >> we head down south where the heat is on. the heat and humidity, of course, it's july but heat advisories out for central parts of alabama in through georgia, south of atlanta getting in through the coastal carolinas where it's going to feel like 108 degrees today in savannah, georgia, 105 in myrtle beach. so a good day to get out to the beach. no doubt about that. 102 expected in birmingham, alabama. and look at that. all the way up to the canadian border and beyond it's going to feel like it's over 100 degrees
today. cool front up here will start to cool things down but that's not happening at least until tomorrow. weak cool front trying to get across the northeast here. at least drier air as far as humidity goes, should be a nice day from chicago up through detroit after the storms last night and 84 degrees expected in charleston and then right in the middle between this warm front and cold front, that's where we see active thunderstorms i think late in the day today getting into the i-95 corridor. some of those could be on the severe side. looking ahead to next week and the end of next week, the climate prediction center is showing below average temperatures across northwest but above average from dallas up through the northeast, so if you >> this weather report is brought to you by petsmart.
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the massacre of police the massacre of police officers in dallas now impacting presidential politics. donald trump and hillary clinton offering both condolences and also canceling some appearances. >> and some are wondering this morning will it change the presidential race? abc's david wright joins us. hi, david. >> reporter: good morning, paula. good morning, dan. this has effectively hit the reset button on the presidential race changing the subject from hillary clinton's e-mail scandal and donald trump's various
controversies, both candidates cleared their campaign schedules and new priorities now have center stage. >> none of us can afford to be indifferent toward each other, not now, not ever. >> reporter: hillary clinton addressed an ame church convention in philadelphia pleading for common ground. >> building our communities where the police and citizens all see themselves as being on the same side will require contributions from all of us. >> reporter: donald trump took to facebook. >> we must stand in solidarity with law enforcement, which we must remember is the force between civilization and total chaos. the deaths of alton sterling in louisiana and philando castile in minnesota also make clear how much more work we have to do. >> reporter: to avoid deadly mistakes, clinton promised a billion dollars in federal police training funds as she told david muir. >> every single one of our police officers should be
trained and retrained in understanding how to avoid force. >> reporter: trump promised no new concrete measures yet. the republican national convention now just over a week away. cleveland police officers did extra training on the shores of lake erie. both trump and clinton have been talking about some of these issues even before dallas, but this is one of those times when the news overtakes the political debate, and it drives the conversation forward. there is some common ground here but different emphasis from the two candidates, and we're going to be hearing a lot more about this. >> i'm sure we will, but as you said as of right now, what we're hearing is pretty similar -- >> very similar. >> -- from both candidates. that may change. david, thank you. coming up here on "gma," advice for a very difficult conversation many of us are having with our children, how to talk about these recent shootings. the advice you want to hear.
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in the past and so it's forcing parents to have these conversations earlier and earlier. >> i want to ask you how young is too young but, ryan, i want to bring you in. you have two twin boys, they're 2 1/2. you're already having these conversations with them. what are you saying? >> i mean, my point is to have a conversation with them as soon as they can start speaking. i fear for the world that they will inherit, i really do. two boys, two black boys in this country, in this environment is terrifying for me and my wife, so for me, it's important that everything they see, and we keep them away from this right now but as they start to see things, it's so important for me to not only explain the images they're seeing, but explain what's happening behind them and to encourage them to take action but nonviolent, positive action. it's very hard to do because you look at philando castile and what happened to him and kids will likely ask, well, what happens to the person who did that, and for a lot of people of color out there, they think, not much, and that's a problem for our society right now. >> well, when do you start -- he's obviously having these
conversation with his kids. when do you have these conversations? how do you take the initiative but also, you know, his boys are young. how does the conversation change when you actually have a teenager? >> oh, when you have a teenager, it's a completely different conversation. when you're dealing with little kids, you have to use age appropriate language and try to explain things in a way that they will understand but when you have a teenager, you have to sit them down and have a frank discussion about what's at risk here. they may be detained or have a traffic stop but you have to tell them, like this is the way you need to behave. comply with what the officer is asking. don't raise your voice. the object of the situation is to get home alive. and that's so sad, and it's so -- it's a horrible thing as a parent to have to do, but that's what we have to teach our kids because we do live in a time where a traffic stop could be unsafe. >> and i want to bring up before we go, amplify what you just said, ryan, having these conversations but also peaceful protests. >> yes. >> there's a way to do it. >> right. >> and you want to bring something positive about this instead of enraging your children with hate.
>> there's so many things you can do like you say, peaceful protests, contacting your representative but in the situation itself, the scary thing for a lot of people of color is they feel like there are no rules. how do you work with a police officer, and i think in many ways you just have to respond, listen and make sure you're safe. >> great insight. great, great conversation. i want to thank you both for joining us. and we will and right back. joining us. we'll be right back. i have smoked for 30 years and by taking chantix, i was able to quit in 3 months and that was amazing. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. it absolutely reduced my urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. some had seizures while taking chantix. if you have any of these, stop chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of mental health problems, which could get worse or of seizures. don't take chantix if you've had a serious allergic or skin reaction to it. if you have these, stop chantix and call your doctor right away
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midst of this very difficult time. ♪ >> i just want more love and less violence in the world. we care. i care. >> we want to protect and serve them just as much as they do us. >> people will know that law enforcement is here for them and not to work against them. >> black, white, hispanic, asian, we're all the same. we're all people.
>> you can see that people are definitely hurting this morning. >> absolutely. it's a tough time in america. we'll be covering this story all day long on abcnews.com and abc radio. also cecilia vega will be reporting from dallas on "world news tonight" this evening. we'll be back with much more right here on "gma" tomorrow morning. thanks for joining us. have a great day. good morning, everyone. i'm chris nguyen. authorities are investigate in contra costa county when a car slammed into a fire truck near the bailey off-ramp. a speeding car hit one of the fire trucks that was supposed to be protecting the scene. the driver was taken to the
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59. the marine layer already getting quite diffuse, low 60s pretty much everybody except for concord, 66. low 80s inland and a look at a warming trend which is coming up as soon as tomorrow. 90s return inland in a few minutes. >> lisa, thanks. ahead, hundreds of protesters hit the streets in san francisco to demonstrate against police brutality. where they're planning another demonstration today. demonstration today. plus serena williams makes thank you so much. did you say honey? hey, try some? mmm that is tasty. is it real? of course... are you? nope animated you know i'm always looking for real honey for honey nut cheerios well you've come to the right place. great, mind if i have another taste? not at all mmm
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