No End To Violence: The Chain Of Events

Timeline of recent events of police shootings tied to racial tension in the United States:

July 17, 2016At least three police officers were shot dead in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning as they were responding to a call about a man with a gun. 

The incident is the nation’s fourth high-profile deadly encounter involving police in the last two weeks.
A man identified as Gavin Long, Kansas City, went on a shooting rampage on what was his 29th birthday. Long was a former Marine who was discharged in 2010 after five years of military service, including a year in Iraq.

Gavin Long

Long's weapon was a AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, sources said. 

Long was killed at the scene.

Slain Baton Rouge Officers

Backing up to recent events that has escalated police shootings...

July 5, 2016: Alton Sterling, 37, was selling CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge when a homeless man approached him and asked for money. 

When the homeless man wouldn't go away, Sterling showed him his gun, a source said. The homeless man then used his cell phone to call 911.

Sterling was shot by police after an encounter with two police officers who answered the 911 call. The officers can be seen on video on top of Sterling before shots were fired.

Alton Sterling

A graphic cell phone video of Sterling being shot by police was shared on social media, which caused local protests and drew national attention.

July 6, 2016: Philando Castile was shot dead by a police officer in Minnesota. 

Philando Castile

On the evening of July 6, Castile was pulled over by police. 

Officer Yanez approached the vehicle, and at some point discharged his weapon, striking Castile multiple times. 

Also in the car was his fiance and her four year old daughter. 

She said her fiance told the police officer that he had a firearm and was reaching for his wallet for his permit when he was shot.

Castile died at 9:37 p.m. in the emergency room of the Hennepin County Medical Center, about 20 minutes after being shot.

July 7, 2016: These shootings set into motion a chain of events in which a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas turned into a massacre. 

Slain Dallas Police Officers

A sniper, identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, of Mesquite, Texas, killed five police officers and injured another seven. 

Johnson had no criminal record or known terror ties, a law enforcement official said. He was a military veteran who'd served in Afghanistan.

A total of 11 officers were shot at the protest against police brutality. 

It was the deadliest incident for law enforcement in the US since 9/11.

Two civilians were also injured.

Micah Xavier Johnson

Police said Johnson told hostage negotiators that he was angry about the recent fatal shootings of black men by police elsewhere in the US.

He was killed when a Dallas police bomb squad robot killed him after negotiations failed.

Protests and vigils have been held across the US as racial tensions escalate.
The nation is in mourning. 


  1. And now we have the Republican Convention in Ohio with Open Carry Laws in effect.

    Dear Isis, you don't have to come to America to spread terror ; we are doing it ourselves.

  2. can't talk about it's all we see on news channels....

  3. I love how everyone keeps mentioning he was a former Marine, but fail to mention he was a current member of Nation of Islam.

    Google Cosmo Setepenra before all traces of his current beliefs and activities is wiped way.

    I'm glad they didn't suspend the Open Carry law (especially since the Gov doesn't have that authority in the first place), since BLM and other such groups have been very vocal about how they plan on causing trouble at the event.

    1. I agree with you. And yes he was a member of Islam and used a different name. Most of the articles above have left out critical information.

  4. I wish you would stick to your usual lovely posts.

    1. I'm in awe of the chutzpah that you have to leave a comment like that. If the post wasn't your cup of tea it was evident very early. Stop reading and check back for the next post. The glorious thing about blogging is its cheaper than therapy and the posters own to post as they so choose. If the current events were troubling and she wanted to share that who in G-d's green earth are you to deny her that?

  5. I'd much rather be in a place with open Carry laws. Statistically much, much safer. Most shootings happen in places where personal carrying is illegal. I wish there was a great respect. Respect for life, respect for self, respect for authority including police. Just more respect.

    1. Agreed. I work in a "gun free zone" which means everyone in this place is a target. Signs don't keep criminals from committing crimes and we have a right to defend ourselves.

  6. This is all horrifying watching from afar (australia). I can't imagine living through it in my own country. As an outsider - it seems so clear to us that a major and almost proximate cause is everyone being able to carry a gun. Everyone is afraid of being shot by one another. In Australia it is extremely difficult to obtain a gun licence and if you do, it must be kept locked and only used in rifle ranges or for farming and pest control. I'm no expert however immediately after our last mass shooting in 1996 there was a gun amnesty. It hasn't solved the issue of gun crimes in Australia but has cortina,y contributed to a significant reduction. There doesn't seem to be an end nor an answer to this carnage.

    1. Everyone is afraid of being shot by a gun? Give me a break. I am more afraid of being run over by some idiot texting while driving their car.

  7. The news is terrifying to and white. This news is so depressing...I am going in the yard digging in my garden and not talking to anyone.

  8. It is a very very sad time in our country. My husband works for Fort Worth Police Department and the horrible events in Dallas definitely took a toll on our area :(

  9. Black people are pissed off. Maybe they have a right to be. Killing police is not the answer, but I do think they have a right to be angry. We don't have cable TV, so we don't have this spoon fed to us 24 hours a day as some people do. I read the headlines on websites and refuse to click on any of the constant negativity... some people love hearing and seeing it, or else they would turn off their TVs.

    1. More white people than black people are shot by police. It only makes the news when they're black, however. Do some research.

  10. My son is a police officer and watches the actual body camera videos of these incidents. Believe me when I say the press is only telling you one side of the story. They seem to want to cause chaos and conflict.

    1. You are right Diane. My kids are EMT's and we have lots of police and firefighter friends. The media is on a rampage of hate against the police.

  11. Statistics show that the highest rate of killings in this country is black people killing other black people. They never want to talk about that....
    The media is disgusting in how they never tell the whole story. They thrive on the chaos that results.... It is all quite sickening!
    I come to blogs to escape the bad news of the day and was disappointed to find it here. Not because I don't care, but because I am overwhelmed by it all....and there's not a damn thing I can do about it. I feel so bad for both sides, and the families that lost their loved ones.
    I encounter so many nice, kind, caring people on a daily basis. We all need to remember there is more good in this world than bad...

    1. Sorry Lily white on white killing exceeds black on black crimes and whites never want to talk about that. The policeman died because they killed people.


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