Men, women, boys & girls gathered @ Belo Garden Park for the demonstration re: recent police involved shootings. pic.twitter.com/gah2Q3tqG6— Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016
Before it began posting information about the apparent Thurdsay-night sniper attack in which at least four officers were killed at a protest march, the Dallas police department's official Twitter account was posting photos, with respectful captions, of peaceful protesters. (To be clear, it is not yet known what motivated Thursday's attack or whether the individuals who opened fire on officers were at any point involved in the demonstration.)
The demonstrators have lined the Main Street and are walking eastbound, chanting, "Black Lives Matter." pic.twitter.com/VSwpnUoDBn— Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016
Some of the photos involved officers posing with demonstrators.
Here's one national and one local reporter attesting that the Dallas department has/had a constructive relationship with local activists:
Just awful. And FWIW, the Dallas PD leadership is among the most transparent and forward-thinking in the country. https://t.co/CAzO99k0DV— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) July 8, 2016
Something people should understand nationally -- BLM & Dallas PD have respect for each other. DPD was protecting marchers. Snipers did this.— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) July 8, 2016