In the wake of Thursday night’s tragic shooting, San Antonio Police Headquarters were fired upon late Saturday evening. According to San Antonio Police, shots ricocheted outside their headquarters, leaving bullet marks on the building. During a sweep of the area, officers also discovered emptied shell casings.
Police Chief William McManus said the suspected shooter was seen fleeing an alley immediately after the shots rang out. This recent attack on San Antonio’s Police Department coincides with the aftermath of Thursday’s deadly sniper standoff in Dallas, Texas.
Though no casualties have been reported in San Antonio, the climate of fear surrounding police departments and law enforcement personnel nationally has only heightened.
Pursuant to Thursday’s tragedy in Dallas, police departments have beefed up security measures. Major metropolitan cities including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Las Vegas required all officers to pair with partners to increase presence. New York’s mayor, Bill De Blasio, ordered all foot patrol officers to work in tandem and said two officers will be posted outside all precinct stations.
This comes in the wake of one of the deadliest mass shootings against police in history. The national discussion has turned to rhetoric of police on civilian violence and has caused an uproar.
A deadly backlash from the graphic recorded police killings of Philando Castille and Alton Sterling has sparked a spate of violence against law enforcement. This uproar reached a deadly crescendo on Thursday when 25-year-old Micah Johnson killed five Dallas Police Officers, while wounding seven others.
Ultimately, Johnson was killed by a bomb-wielding robot deployed by Dallas Police when he refused to surrender or cease firing upon them. The five deceased officers include: Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Arhens and Michael Smith.
Regarding the shootings, President Obama addressed the nation Saturday, stating: “We cannot let the actions of a few define all of us.” Adding he did not believe the country was descending into the polarization seen in the 1960s. “As tough, as hard, as depressing as the loss of life this week was, we’ve got a foundation to build on.”
As hundreds of thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters have peacefully assembled over the past week, President Obama reiterated the violent actions of a few do not speak for the majority, per New York Post.
“The demented individual who carried out those attacks in Dallas, he’s no more representative of African-Americans than the shooter in Charleston was representative of white Americans or the shooter in Orlando or San Bernardino were representative of Muslim-Americans. They don’t speak for us. That’s not who we are.”
Following the attack on the San Antonio Police Department, officers have set up a blockade in the area in search of the suspect. The suspect was described as wearing an orange shirt and blue pants.
San Antonio police Chief William McManus said authorities were questioning a suspect who was found in the area, but still no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.
McManus then resolutely stated his unyielding resolve regarding not only his department, but law enforcement officials nationwide, telling Fox News.
“We are not going to be targets; we are not going to allow officers to be targets,” he said. “This is not open season on police officers here in San Antonio or anywhere else. We’re not going to allow that to happen.”
Indeed a national dialogue concerning the recent interactions of law enforcement personnel and civilians should be brought to the forefront. Thursday’s shooting has brought the nation to a pensive state as tensions mount.
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