At a community prayer service in Dallas, Texas, worshiper Mike Young voiced the uncertainty rising in the grief-shrouded city and beyond after a Thursday-night demonstration against police brutality toward blacks ended with a sniper attack that killed five lawmen.
"How am I feeling? Perplexed, concerned like everyone else," Young said at a multiracial gathering Friday at the Concord Church. The African-American man continued, “Obviously, we’re concerned about the officers and their families, but we’re also concerned about other Americans that feel that their liberties have not been protected the way they should by police officers.”
The service was among vigils and demonstrations staged around the country Friday, with more planned over the weekend to share grief over the violence and to affirm common bonds.
The assemblies generally oppose violence and support the Black Lives Matter movement protesting excessive police force against African-American men. Thursday’s demonstration in Dallas decried the shooting deaths earlier in the week of two black men – one in Louisiana, the other in Minnesota – at the hands of white police officers.
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