Hip-hop artists and celebrities alike have responded on social media to the murder of five Dallas cops during a recent protest.
Last night, as you might already know, a protest went down in support of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men recently slayed by white police officers, each in unjustified circumstances. The protest began in Downtown Dallas, and by 8 PM, it was well underway. By 9 PM, shots reportedly rang out, dispersing a large crowd people as seen in video footage taken at the scene.
Five police officers ended up dead once the protest turned violent, and twelve others were injured, while the crowd of protesters began to flee the scene. Not only were law enforcement officials injured, but two civilians ended up caught in the gunfire as well.
Authorities revealed that three suspects were in custody regarding the shooting, and one suspect is dead. The suspect who died in a stand-off with the Dallas cops reportedly told them that he wanted to kill white people, "especially police officers," as CNN reports. Dallas Police Chief David Brown has since said this suspect acted alone. The suspect was killed by a bomb detonated by police officers-- Brown said, "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. Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb."
In light of all these recent (and extremely saddening) events, celebrities have reacted and responded on various social media. Take a look at a round-up of their responses below, which we'll update continuously through out the day as more react. Some, of course, have responded by way of new music-- Jay Z dropped "Spiritual," Miguel dropped "How Many," Chris Brown dropped "My Friend," among many others.
Operation H.U.N.T Meet NOW at Joe's auto park parking 1221 west 3rd street Los Angeles California 90017 Calling: ALL AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN, MEXICAN AMERICAN MEN & any other RACE of REAL MEN with heart to stand with us today & walk peacefully to the LAPD headquarters. [LEAVE ALL WOMEN & CHILDREN AT HOME... THIS IS OUR MISSION FOR THEM] Do not: bring any weapons or anything illegal. Do not come high or belligerent.. We don't need any HOT HEADS or anyone there for the wrong reasons... We will stand as we are, UNIFIED. I'm calling ALL GANGS, ALL RACES, ALL GROWN MEN affiliated or not & WE WILL STAND UNIFIED tomorrow !!!! Our numbers are all the weapons we need !!! We do not need to be dumb, retarded or uncivilized today... ALL WE NEED IS EACH OTHER... I will not lead any of you into a trap !!!!! Objective: to make the Californian government & it's law branches aware that from today forward, we will be UNIFIED as minorities & we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us !!! Let's erase the fear of one another on both sides & start something new here in the city of Los Angeles, a city we all love & share ! There are many things that have to be done to rectify this situation that has plagued us for hundreds of years & UNIFICATION is the 1st step !!! Again, I'm asking for ALL of my AFRICAN AMERICAN, MEXICAN AMERICAN & any other AMERICAN who has the heart to STAND WITH US to meet us at the above address & take the 1st step into altering our future for our children & our FAMILIES....I LOVE EVERY ONE OF YOU & WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES & OUR FAMILIES TO BE MEN & TAKE A STAND MY BROTHERS.. THE TIME IS NOW - The Game 📸 @derekdidit
These Dallas shootings are horrific. Killing these officers is morally reprehensible and completely counterproductive to keeping us safe.— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 8, 2016
Being against cops killing is not equal to being for killing cops. We need peace in our streets.— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 8, 2016
Oh and Black Lives Matter activists are Real Americans too. Our ancestors more than paid for the right.— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 8, 2016
real shit Having money don't make you safe … skin color stay the same move out the ghetto n cops wanna know wtf you doin in they suburbs— FettyWap1738 (@fettywap) July 8, 2016
I legit think they're gonna smoke me anytime they pull me over...— Spitta (@CurrenSy_Spitta) July 7, 2016
I've also thought for a long time that there is some secret "locker room bounty" on us... Like a hunnit racks under the table r some shit.— Spitta (@CurrenSy_Spitta) July 7, 2016
It's not about black,brown,white,yellow it's us versus them.. Good vs Evil.. Only thing is the evil side organized before us.— Spitta (@CurrenSy_Spitta) July 8, 2016
- still #BlackLivesMatter ✊🏾.. Can't let them distort the message, or try an say that BLM represents anything other than peace & equality!— BLACK MILK (@black_milk) July 8, 2016
To my fans,— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) July 8, 2016
No matter what color you are please don't allow yourselves to be enveloped in this new vicarious fear that was born last night
Some of you will see it as a sign of pride and that "get back" that Huey and them was talking about and see it as a justice served.— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) July 8, 2016
Some of you will see it as a lens to see black people at a distance through & as confirmation of a weak prejudice lurking maybe now revealed— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) July 8, 2016
I have 2 brothers and 1 sister who are all active police officers and my father was at one point a state police deputy for illinois.— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) July 8, 2016
On the other side about 95% of my friends & family have criminal records both federal and state. Currently serving time or recently released— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) July 8, 2016
1 day my sister is asking me to borrow an AR-15 to start tactical training & another day one of the homeys needs a pistol cuz he got into it— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) July 8, 2016
I walk on both sides. And whenever something happens like this I always talk to two people, my sister the detective & my partner the convict— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) July 8, 2016
My partner says he always has to remind the murderers he's locked up with that they are in jail for killing black people too.— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) July 8, 2016
Me and my sister talk about police protocol, crime in general, quotas, use of force, traffic stops and miscellaneous police politics.— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) July 8, 2016
I'm caught somewhere in the middle. 1 day trying to talk RondoNumba9 into staying in school and telling his friends to make sure he does— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) July 8, 2016
The next day I'm at the gun store talking to my friends who work there about police officers who know nothing about how to handle guns.— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) July 8, 2016
I've never liked a person who lacked compassion and even worse is a person who intellectualizes his lack of compassion.— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) July 8, 2016
Sniper acted alone, was killed by a robot w a bomb, but suspects are in custody being uncooperative? But he acted alone? The news confused.— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 8, 2016
Don't let them cook up a race war! Do NOT feed into the madness .— SZA (@sza) July 8, 2016