I awoke this morning to news of more senseless killings.
Five Dallas police officers were fatally shot and seven others wounded during a protest over the deaths of black men killed by police this week in Louisiana and Minnesota — the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Police Chief David Brown blamed "snipers," but it was unclear how many shooters were involved in Thursday's attack. Authorities initially said three suspects were in custody and a fourth dead, killed by a robot-delivered bomb in a parking garage where he had exchanged fire with officers.
Before dying, the police chief said, the suspect told officers he was upset about recent shootings and wanted to kill whites, "especially white officers." The man also stated that he acted alone and was not affiliated with any groups, Brown said.
To be perfectly honest, I'm emotionally spent. I'm so utterly saddened by these developments that I'm not even going to attempt to make sense of them. It's one of those days where I've completely cast my cares upon the Lord.
With all that said, I can't even fathom what the families of the slain officers are feeling. In addition to enduring likely inconsolable grief, the officers' families have the additional burden of everyday life (i.e. household expenses, etc.) continuing to roll on. Thankfully we can help with that. Nationally syndicated radio host (and my Salem Media Group colleague) Mike Gallagher has, for some time, been on the proverbial front lines with this cause. Check out his web site www.gallaghersarmy.com.
The Gallagher’s Army: Fallen Officer Fund, based in Dallas, was founded by Mike Gallagher and inspired by the giving spirit of his late wife, Denise Gallagher, to meet the immediate needs of U.S. police officer families when an officer has been killed in the line of duty. The fund provides financial assistance to officer families when they need it most – as soon as a tragedy happens – without having to wait for weeks or months for other more formal assistance to become available, and without the hassle of bureaucracy and red tape that often exists.
We also shouldn't forget the victims of the aforementioned shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Alton Sterling, the gentleman who was killed by police in Baton Rouge, LA, left behind five children. As such, a GoFundMe page has been set up to provide for Mr. Sterling's family.
There is also a GoFundMe page set up in memory of Philando Castile, the young man who was shot by a police officer in the Twin Cities this past Wednesday evening.
I pray this country can be unified as we attempt to sort through the horrific events of this past week.