The country was hit with more tragedy over the weekend as five Dallas police officers were shot and killed during a peaceful protest following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile last week.
After the cellphone footage of Sterling and Castile being shot and killed by police officers went viral, protesters started gathering in cities across America.
By Thursday night, more than 800 people were peacefully marching throughout the downtown area of Dallas. There were nearly 100 police officers monitoring the protests when active sniper shooters starting releasing shots at the officers.
During the terror, 12 officers were shot and five of those hit were killed.
The terrible events that shook America over the past week ignited the need for change. As a result, people started standing up around the country to make their voices and actions known. Here are five awesome events that came out of these dark days.
1. Snoop Dogg and the Game Inspire Peaceful Protest in Los Angeles
The morning after the Dallas attacks, rappers the Game and Snoop Dogg called for a peaceful protest in front of the Los Angeles Police Department’s headquarters to “make the Californian government & it’s law branches aware that from today forward, we will be UNIFIED.” the Game was quoted as wanting to show support to the officers.
Operation H.U.N.T Meet NOW at Joe’s auto park parking 1221 west 3rd street Los Angeles California 90017 Calling: ALL AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN, MEXICAN AMERICAN MEN & any other RACE of REAL MEN with heart to stand with us today & walk peacefully to the LAPD headquarters. [LEAVE ALL WOMEN & CHILDREN AT HOME… THIS IS OUR MISSION FOR THEM] Do not: bring any weapons or anything illegal. Do not come high or belligerent.. We don’t need any HOT HEADS or anyone there for the wrong reasons… We will stand as we are, UNIFIED. I’m calling ALL GANGS, ALL RACES, ALL GROWN MEN affiliated or not & WE WILL STAND UNIFIED tomorrow !!!! Our numbers are all the weapons we need !!! We do not need to be dumb, retarded or uncivilized today… ALL WE NEED IS EACH OTHER… I will not lead any of you into a trap !!!!! Objective: to make the Californian government & it’s law branches aware that from today forward, we will be UNIFIED as minorities & we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us !!! Let’s erase the fear of one another on both sides & start something new here in the city of Los Angeles, a city we all love & share ! There are many things that have to be done to rectify this situation that has plagued us for hundreds of years & UNIFICATION is the 1st step !!! Again, I’m asking for ALL of my AFRICAN AMERICAN, MEXICAN AMERICAN & any other AMERICAN who has the heart to STAND WITH US to meet us at the above address & take the 1st step into altering our future for our children & our FAMILIES….I LOVE EVERY ONE OF YOU & WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES & OUR FAMILIES TO BE MEN & TAKE A STAND MY BROTHERS.. THE TIME IS NOW – The Game 📸 @derekdidit
In the Game’s announcement, he urged, “Do not: bring any weapons or anything illegal. Do not come high or belligerent. We don’t need any HOT HEADS or anyone there for the wrong reasons . We will stand as we are, UNIFIED. I’m calling ALL GANGS, ALL RACES, ALL GROWN MEN affiliated or not & we will stand UNIFIED.”
2. The Game Starts GoFundMe Page for Police Officer Tommy Norman
Shout out to @XXL for the acknowledgment & to all the people that have donated so far….. But if you’re just waking up: Good afternoon world…… So as I told you yesterday, I had conversations with my oldest son @hvrlemtaylor about good cops & bad ones & he did his research & found officer @tnorman23’s page & i was touched by how active he is in the black community where he polices. My son said, how does he help all of these kids & stuff, is he rich ??? I said I don’t know if he’s rich but sometimes it doesn’t take much to help those in need son…… Being that my son is on vacation with his mother visiting relatives in Atlanta, Arkansas & Louisiana he wanted to do something for officer @tnorman23 in Little Rock so he delevoped a #GoFundMe to try & raise $50,000 so that officer @tnorman23 can continuously stuff his trunk with toys, goodies, food & other things to help him continue contributing to the kids & people in Little Rock Arkansas….. (& BEFORE SOMEONE NEGATIVE PUTS IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, YES I COULD’VE GIVEN THE 50K MYSELF BUT THAT WOULDVE STOLEN THE JOY OUT OF MY SONS IDEA & HIS COMMITMENT & DEDICATION FOR SOMETHING & SOMEONE HE FELT TOUCHED BY). But as I type, I AM GOING TO DONATE THE 1st $1,000 !!!!!!!! Not only am I proud of my son for taking initiative, I’m thankful that I’ve raised him with such a pure heart regardless of the negativities he’s seen me over come…… So please CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO & donate anything as small as $1 to the officers mission & together we will help a good soul continue being a super role model for other law enforcement & a life saver for the children of tomorrow… As soon as the $10,000 goal is reached… The funds will then immediately be transferred from my @therobinhoodproject account by my charity’s manager @ilndprncss to officer @tnorman23. “It takes a village to raise a child” & this good cop is going the extra mile for a lot of young African American children… #BlackLivesMatter to more than just #BlackLives #AGoodSonForAGoodCop #StayCommitted [Tag as many people to this post as you can & FOLLOW officer @tnorman23 NOW ! I’m really amazed by what he is doing !] again, PLEASE CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO
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The Game’s son Harlem found Officer Norman while searching for “good cops” and saw that he does a tremendous amount to help the black community in Arkansas. The Game wanted a way to help Norman with his efforts so he started up a GoFundMe Page.
“I was touched by how active [Norman] is in the Black community where he polices,” The Game wrote. “My son said, how does he help all of these kids & stuff, is he rich ??? I said I don’t know if he’s rich but sometimes it doesn’t take much to help those in need son…”
The page has already surpassed its $50K goal.
3. Dallas Officers Receive Hugs from Community
After the shootings, the city of Dallas held an interfaith service in Thanks-Giving Square Park on Friday (July 8). Hundreds of people packed into the park to pray with their community members and hear music and comments from leaders, including Police Chief David Brown.
After the service concluded, people lined up to give hugs to Dallas police officers to show their respect and support. The touching moment was captured in the video below:
4. Memorials in Dallas bring All Races Together
NPR reporter Sam Sanders was in Dallas to cover the aftermath of the shootings and uncovered the unity he witnessed first-hand between the people of the devastated city.
What I’ve seen in #Dallas https://t.co/aW6o2bEEmB
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) July 9, 2016
In a tweet, Sanders wrote, “Whether it was the white man wiping away a black woman’s tears outside of a squad car. The multiracial crowds gathered to mourn, OR The Dallas police officers of ALL colors comforting people all over Dallas, there is a unity in this city that is not mirrored online. That said, everyone I’ve talked to is at a loss – for words, motives, & answers. Many told me that they just don’t know WHAT to feel.”
5. Stevie Wonder Urges Fans to Choose “Love Over Hate”
During his performance in Hyde Park for the British Summertime Festival on Sunday (July 10), the legendary singer told fans that in the aftermath of everything that occurred over the past week, they should choose “love over hate.”
“I encourage you to choose love over hate. It’s just that simple. Choose love over hate, right over wrong, kind over meanness. Hope over no hope at all,” Wonder said.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
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