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The sniper attack on Dallas police is part of a surge in deadly assaults on law enforcement officers in the U.S.


AS PROTESTERS filled the streets in cities across the United States following the killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota by police in early July, the normally sleepy Twitter account for Dallas Area Rapid Transit turned grim. “Four DART police officers were shot,” it posted before midnight on July 7. “One deceased.”

Within hours, the number of Dallas police officers known to have been killed by a sniper during a protest there had grown to five, with nine more wounded. After a two-hour standoff, authorities dispatched a bomb robot to neutralize the suspect, who made his motive clear before he died. “He said he was upset about the recent police shootings,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters on July 8. “The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.” Brown described the attack as “well planned.”

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