LeBron James, Mark Cuban, athletes react to Dallas police shooting

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After five police officers were shot and killed in Dallas on Thursday night, many sports figures posted their reactions on social media, calling for a stop to the violence that has dominated the headlines this week. 

A protest in response to the recent police killings of black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile turned violent when snipers took aim at police officers. A total of 12 officers were shot, leaving five dead and seven injured. Two civilians were also wounded in the gunfire.

One suspect was killed after a shootout with police, and three additional suspects are in custody.

Sterling was killed on Tuesday after being shot multiple times by police responding to a 911 call. Castile died on Wednesday after a police officer shot him during a traffic stop. Both killings were recorded on video and widely circulated on social media. 

LeBron James: Philando Castile shooting ‘sickens me’

Athletes and other sports figures responded to the latest violent incident on social media.

Kaepernick on Alton Sterling shooting: ‘What lynchings look like in 2016’

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Athletes react to Philando Castile shooting by police

The recent violence has sparked a renewed discussion on police violence and race. 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick called Sterling’s death a modern-day lynching, a label Castile’s sister Alize also used for her brother’s death, according to CBS.

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