Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has come forth with his feelings about last night's horrific sniper shooting in downtown Dallas during a protest that left five police officers dead, seven others injured, and two citizens wounded.
The protestors who ran away for their lives during the gunfire, Patrick said, were the reason that the shootings happened in the first place and their decision to flee marked them as "hypocrites."
"All those protesters last night, they turned around and ran the other way expecting the men and women in blue to protect them," Patrick said. "We have to have [the police's] back. And I'm sick and tired of those who are protesting our police and putting their lives in danger."
Last night's peaceful protest was being held in response to the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men who were fatally shot by police officers on camera earlier this week. Around 9 p.m. local time, bullets began firing down on the crowd from above, causing the protestors to scatter in a frantic panic as local police rushed to the scene.
After hours of confusion and chaos, Dallas police were able to corner a single suspect, identified by police as Micah Johnson, leading to an hours-long standoff. When their talks failed to lead to a solution, Johnson was killed by a bomb squad robot.
"We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was," Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a press conference. "Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb."
According to Brown, Johnson said that he decided to attack the crowd because he was "angry at white people," but Patrick was adamant that protestors were responsible for the shooting.
"I do blame people on social media with their hatred toward police," Patrick said. "I do blame former Black Lives Matter protests. This has to stop."