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.
Athletes and other sports figures responded to the latest violent incident on social media.
Another black man killed
Another young black kid without a dad
Think about that for a second.
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) July 8, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of downtown Dallas.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) July 8, 2016
Deepest sympathies to all those affected in Dallas tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with DART PD and Dallas PD.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 8, 2016
Praying for this world my kids gotta grow up in…I’ll die for them, won’t let the streets or the (social) media raise them.That’s on God 🙏🏾
— Anthony Morrow (@MrAnthonyMorrow) July 8, 2016
Whole lotta hate out here…and in the grand scheme of things it’s for no reason..
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) July 8, 2016
Parents this is a teaching moment to your kids. Speak into their hearts minds and allow them to know how why hatred racism is WRONG!
— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) July 8, 2016
Before you go to sleep tonight, I challenge every single one of you to do something nice for a complete stranger. Our world needs that.
— Bo Jackson (@BoJackson) July 8, 2016
What is this country becoming? Seems like every night something crazy is happening. There needs to be a solution, its getting out of control
— Jason Richardson (@jrich23) July 8, 2016
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars… -Dr. MLK
— Andrew Hawkins (@Hawk) July 8, 2016
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Praying for Peace✌🏼️✌🏽✌🏾✌🏿we need to stop all this…sad to see all that is happening!!! I wanna hope this is all a bad dream…it ain’t😡
— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) July 8, 2016
Hurting for Dallas right now. It seems like we wake up or go to sleep reading more tragedies than not.I want to wake up from this nightmare.
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 8, 2016
The recent violence has sparked a renewed discussion on police violence and race.
– Erin Flynn