Dallas shootings: Protests continue for the third day, authorities look for anonymous suspect

Protesters in the streets of Dallas
Protesters in the streets of Dallas

{BNN Olines News/DALLAS, U.S.} – Dallas police officers searched for hours for a suspicious person at the headquarters’ parking garage on Saturday, the department tweeted. The search, however, was in vain as no suspects or strange items were found.

According to reports, the office was searched by officers and police dogs for several hours. It is unknown as to who reported the suspicious person.

The search started when visitors came to the headquarters to pay tribute to police officers who were killed by a gunman on July 7 during a Black Lives Matter protest.

Spokeswoman Monica Cordov reportedly said that security has been tightened throughout the city over an anonymous threat.

According to reports, the police also defended their use of car bomb robot which killed Micah Xavier Johnson who had killed the five police officers.

The police reportedly said that the robot was used as a last resort.

Reports indicate that Dallas detectives are now trying to figure out if Johnson was working alone or if he had allies. Authorities believe that Johnson was working alone but they are yet to find out if he had conspired with others and how long he had planned the attack for.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, protests over the arrest of two black men by the authorities shut down the main roads of many cities in the country.

Marches were reportedly organised in New York and Washington DC. It was the third day of protest after the shooting of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Thousands of people participated in protests marches in Nashville, San Francisco. In New York, people chanted, “No racist police, no justice, no peace”.

U.S. President Barack Obama, who was in Warsaw for a NATO summit said that the reaction of the people to the attacks proved that the nation is remarkably unified.

He said, “First of all, as painful as this week has been, I firmly believe that America is not as divided as some have suggested. When we start suggesting that somehow there’s this enormous polarisation, and we’re back to the situation in the ’60s, that’s just not true. You’re not seeing riots, and you’re not seeing police going after people who are protesting peacefully.”

Obama added that Americans cannot let the action of the few define all.

Photo: Dallas Police Department/Twitter

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.