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Remembering July 7: What 24 Hours In Dallas Looked And Sounded Like

Javier Giribet-Vargas
KERA News special contributor
Officers scramble to track the gunman who killed five cops and injured 11 other people on July 7, 2016 in downtown Dallas.

On July 7, 2016, a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas was punctuated with gunfire that killed five police officers and injured nine others plus two civilians. Look back at the sights and sounds of the 24 hours surrounding that tragic event. 

Protesters were rallying against police shootings of black men — specifically, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota — that summer. As the event was wrapping up, the atmosphere changed when Micah Johnson started shooting. After a standoff in the loading dock of El Centro College, Johnson was killed by a bomb detonated by a police robot.

Dallas police officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa and Michael Smith and DART officer Brent Thompson lost their lives. The city was shaken for days. Residents managed to come together for an interfaith prayer service, a candlelight vigil and the memorial attended by Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Mayor Mike Rawlings, now retired Dallas Police Chief David Brown and countless others. 

In the video below, featuring KERA News audio and images from The Dallas Morning News and KERA, we take a look back at the sights and sounds of the hours after a gunman opened fire on police.","_id":"00000174-20e7-d47e-a1f7-72e7194b0000","_type":"035d81d3-5be2-3ed2-bc8a-6da208e0d9e2"}">">","_id":"00000174-20e7-d47e-a1f7-72e7194b0000","_type":"035d81d3-5be2-3ed2-bc8a-6da208e0d9e2"}">

KERA News audio and images by Stephen Becker, Courtney Collins, Christopher Connelly, Javier Giribet-Vargas and Bill Zeeble. Dallas Morning News images by Rose Baca, Smiley N. Pool, Ashley Landis, G.J. McCarthy, Ting Shen, David Woo and special contributor Maria R. Olivas.