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captioning funded by cbs good morning. it is friday, july 8th, 2016. welcome to "cbs this morning." snipers in dallas target police in a deadly ambush during a peaceful protest. scott pelley is there. >> reporter: five police officers are dead, six wounded. panicked crowds ran for cover as dozens and dozens of shots rang out. we will speak with eyewitnesses and the mayor of dallas. president obama calls the ambush a vicious calculated and despicable attack. we will hear from the texas attorney general who is helping coordinator the response. >> the head of the naacp on the relationship s between police and the communities they protect and serve. we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener."
your world in 90 seconds. a sniper from up here somewhere! >> it's a sniper? >> you better duck. get down! >> snipers target and kill five police officers in dallas. >> six officers were wounded and police say snipers were targeting officers to kill a and injury as many as they could. >> get down. police officers are shooting one direction. they are shooting back and that is when the war began. >> people protesting very peaceful and no one acting up and no one acting crazy. >> go! >> we don't know where it's coming from. i didn't see anybody else. it was just a cop. >> i believe that i speak for every single american when i say that we are horrified over these events, but let's be clear. there is no possible justification for these kind of
attacks. >> second black man in less than 24 hours were shot by a police officer and protests. >> spillovers from the shootings in baton rouge and minneapolis. >> all that. >> to say our police officers put their lives on the line every day is no hyperbole. we must come together and lock arms and feel the wounds that we all feel from time to time. >> and all that matters. >> it's like if you take a stand for something, you're automatically against somethingship it's anti-black and pro cop. when, in reality, you can be pro cop and pro black is what we should all do. >> on "cbs this morning." >> we have some tough history and we haven't gotten through all of that history yet. we don't expect that in my lifetime, maybe not my children's lifetime, but all of
the invevestiges of that past w be cured, but we can do better. people of goodwill can do better. ♪ welcome to "cbs this morning." charlie rose and norah o'donnell and gayle king are off. i'm jeff glor with kristine johnson of wcbs-tv in new york and jamie yuccas of cbs news. snipers turned a peaceful protest into chaos in downtown dallas last night. five officers were killed. six other officers and one civilian are wounded. cbs news evening news anchor scott pelley is in dallas to begin our coverage. scott? >> reporter: jeff, the police chief said today that at least two sets of snipers fired down
on the police officers, obviously, trying to kill and wound as many as they possibly could. three suspects are in custody this morning. a fourth suspect engaged in gunfire with the police officers. the city of dallas has just told us that that standoff is over, but they have not said what has happened to that suspect. manuel bojorquez was in downtown dallas when the shots rang out last night about 9:00 p.m. and he joins us now. >> scott, good morning. >> reporter: the night began with a protest march in solidarity of the victim in these two shootings. two men killed. one in louisiana and the other in minnesota. just before 9:00 p.m. here, officers with the dallas police department and dallas area rapid transit became targets of an enemy they could not see. the unprecedented assault unleashed dozens of rounds on downtown dallas.
people marching at a rally stopped walking to run for their lives. the view from above shows how hundreds of people scattered. >> i was screaming, run! run, run. active shooter. active shooter! >> reporter: as the attack went on, several uniformed officers were down. motionless on the pavement outside. officers ran to the aid of their colleagues who were hit. >> get down! get back! >> reporter: one of the suspects, a man with a rifle, fired shots while hiding behind a pillar. >> we got a guy with a long rifle. we don't know where he is at. we got one more shooter out here. we got an open window on the -- on the side of lamar. rifles are hanging out. >> all plain clothes officers
need to be suited up in the area. >> reporter: chief david brown believes this was a coordinated strike on his police force. >> working together with rifles, triangulated at elevated positions at different points in the downtown area where the march ended up going. how would you know to post up there? >> reporter: two suspects were arrested in a traffic stop. one suspect, a woman, who was caught in a community college parking garage. mayor mike rawlings. >> we have got to support our police force and do their job to make sure we get to the bottom and the root cause of all of this. >> reporter: the shooter who was involved in the standoff with police, at one point, made a claim there were bombs scattered throughout the city but, scott, police officers have been combing the streets using bomb sniffing dogs and, so far, they say they have not found any explosives. >> manuel bojorquez for us this morning, thank you. as ed, it was a peaceful protest. there were about 100 police officers who were covering the
protest. there had not been any scuffles between the police or the protesters. the police officers worked quickly to protect the crowd and also to rescue as many of their own as they possibly could. omar villafranca is at baylor university medical center which is about two miles from here. omar? >> reporter: good morning. several of the victims are recovering behind here at baylor. now when the gunfire started, hundreds of those peaceful protesters started diving for cover. officers did the exact opposite. they started going towards the gunfire, not knowing that they were the target. five police officers are dead and what is being called one of the deadliest attacks on law enforcement since 9/11. a gut-wrenching tribute from dallas police officers this morning, as they saluted the bodies of the killed officers as they were transported. >> it is a heartbreaking
morning. to say that our police officers put their life on the line every day is no hyperbole, ladies and gentlemen. it's a reality. >> reporter: the hail of gunfire from snipers ambushed officers who were securing a peaceful protest in downtown dallas. several of the victims were rushed to baylor medical center where friend and family waited for news. one of the dead is 43-year-old dallas transit officer brent thompson, a seven. year member of the force. >> she just realized when she got shot. >> reporter: richard mcbride said his daughter transit officer misty mcbride was shot twice in the attack and is recovering in the hospital. >> she was shot in the arm and it broke her shoulder. and she was shot in the abdomen and it went in one side and just went out the other side. >> a lot of gunshots. said they just came so fast and then wouldn't stop. >> reporter: teresa williams sister tamy taylor is the only
civilian shot and shot one in the leg. she took her children to last night's protest. >> she immediately jumped on one of her boys, the 15-year-old, she jumped on top to cover him. >> reporter: early this morning, mayor mike rawlings called for peace. >> we as a city, we as a country, must come together and lock arms and heal the wounds that we all feel from time to time. >> reporter: just a few minutes ago, there were dozens of police officers and nurses out here behind me in this foyer area holding arms and praying. but many of them have left and they left when the victims that were in the hospital were taken to the coroner's office. scott? >> omar, thank you very much. omar villafranca with us this morning. we areout noin now joined b attorney general of the state of texas, ken paxton. what can you tell us about the
suspects morning? >> my understanding they are still interviewing suspects potentially. i don't know. it's a fluid situation so we are not going to know for sure how many there were until somewhere, you know, later on. >> reporter: there was a shoot-out with the police on the part of one of the suspects. do you know what happened to him? >> no. i actually do not. no, i should note that the dallas police department in charge of the investigation, we have people on the ground helping them but they are primarily responsible for making sure this investigation gets done. >> reporter: where does the investigation go from here? >> it's going to be, i think, a fairly long process. hundreds of policemen are going through their normal process of looking at the crime scene. i used to work two blocks from here. it's an amazing surreal experience to be here with this crime scene. i've never seen this before. >> reporter: one of the suspects, according to police chief brown, said they had left bombs in various locations downtown. we have been seeing a lot of explosive ordnance officers
coming in and out of here. do you know if they have found or ever existed? >> my understanding right now, nothing has been found. i know they are still searching. >> reporter: still searching. any idea when this part of downtown is going to be opened up again? >> i'm not sure of that. i know they are continuing to sweep downtown dallas. >> reporter: what do you know about the conditions of the officers who are in the hospital? >> actually, i have not gotten an update so i know, obviously, we have some seriously injured people but i did not know currently what the update is. >> reporter: several of the officers were said to still be in surgery but the hospital wasn't able to tell us at this point what their condition was. the dallas police department ironically, in recent years has been praised from all corners for its community approach to policing, to the way it has been getting along with the minority community here in dallas. this seems like the wrong police department, if you know what i
mean. i mean, no police department would be the right police department but this one was really worked hard to repair its relationships with the community. >> i worked with them for years. they have absolutely done a great job and, look. in this case they were protecting the people who have a right to protest and even if it's protesting against police, there they were protecting them. somebody decides to, you know, their lives should be ended. it's horrific and terrible and in light of what you're saying this has been a good police department, working hard to improve their image and to do the right thing. >> reporter: so to cap this off, the police chief was saying that the suspects had not been forthcoming about who they were or why they did this. do you know any more about that at this point? >> all i know is they are continuing to try to get that information. i don't think we have -- i don't know any more. they may have gotten something in the last few minutes but my last contact with them, they didn't know any more and didn't know if any more people were involved but they are continuing to interview people. >> ken paxton, attorney general of the state of texas, thank you so much. >> thank you for having me.
>> thank you. thank you very much. president obama this morning, is in vienna austria, for a summit meeting for nato allies and also eu members. our margaret brennan is traveling with the president who had comments earlier this morning. margaret? >> reporter: good morning. well, the president came here to tackle national security threats, but for the second time in less than 12 hours, he appealed for calm back home. the president called the dallas shootings a vicious, calculated, and despicable attack. >> today, our focus is on the victims and their families. they are heartbroken. the entire city of dallas is grieving. police across america is a tight-knit family, they feel this lost to their corps. and we are grieving with them. >> reporter: now the dallas shootings happened after the
president said he was deeply disturbed by recent killings of the hand of police in baton rouge and minnesota. on the flight here he watched news coverage and decided to speak out, begging americans to face racial disparities in the criminal justice system but he said none of that justifies targeting police. scott, ed this is a painful reminder of dangerous access to powerful weapons. >> reporter: margaret brennan reporting and traveling with the president in warsaw today. thanks very much. one of the eyewitnesses to the events of last night is michael battista and he is joining us right now. michael, what did you see? >> sir, a lot of gunfire. at first, i was coming around the corner from the garage and i thought that the bullets were -- or the reeling was coming from in there. yes, they were come from down
the street and i actually ran in front of all of that gunfire as i was trying to get to safer locations. what i heard was even more terrifying. it was the sound of it. you know? it was dah, dah, dah dah very rapid fire! mixed with what was going on with the police officers as well. and when i got over to where i was safer, which i took shelter behind a tree at first, i noticed that one of the officers had fallen down on the ground and next, he was being attended to. and later was pulled into a -- he was pulled into a squad car and moved to another location. i didn't see where they took him. i saw a bunch of s.w.a.t. cars. let's see. and a lot of reeling on the
actual squad cars. >> reporter: how would you describe the protest march itself and the demeanor of the people involved and their relations with the police officers who were protecting the protest march? >> the protest march was very peaceful throughout the entirety of it. it wasn't until the very end whenever people were released that -- that is when the gunfire started. so the protest, itself, was very, very peaceful. very dedicated to the black lives matter cause. >> reporter: so this wasn't provoked by anything that you saw? this was an attack that was preplanned and came out of the blue? >> i really couldn't speak on that. i mean, that was -- excuse me. >> reporter: there was nothing in the protest march that would have provoked violence that you saw? >> no, no, nothing in the protest march. not that i saw. >> reporter: just the shots started coming down? >> yes. >> reporter: and there were a lot of shots?
>> there were hundreds of shots. hundreds of shots. >> reporter: could you see where the snipers were firing from? >> i couldn't see where they were coming from. i could only see where the bullets were hitting which was on the other side of the cop cars from what i was standing at, where i got my eyewitness account. >> reporter: did you see any civilians wounded? >> i didn't see any civilians wounded, no. >> reporter: just the police officers? >> yes. >> reporter: once the shooting began, what happened in the crowd? >> everybody started running and screaming. nobody really knew where to go. we couldn't tell where the shots were coming from. as i was saying before, i thought they were coming from a garage. i thought they were coming from outside of the garage. i went in and then it got louder so i stepped out so i could better assess my surroundings. and when i stepped out, i started to realize where the shots were coming from. i crossed the street. i got to a safer location and
told other people, you know, to take cover. >> reporter: michael batista, thank you very much. we appreciate you being with us. thank you. >> thank you. >> reporter: michael batista is an eyewitness to the ambush on dallas police officers that happened 9:00 p.m. local time last night. 11 police officers shot. as of this morning, five of them have died, six others remain in the hospital. we will go back to you now in new york. >> scott, thank you. as you can imagine, dallas is a city in shock over the police killings. we will talk with mayor mike rawlings about how his city is coping with the tragedy. plus, the latest on the investigation of the apparently coordinated attack. first, it's time to check your local weather.
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here's a look from dallas where downtown is still locked down, as police investigate the deadly ambush targeting officers. there was concern of explosives downtown, but the bomb squad found nothing. ahead, we will talk with the mayor of dallas and also hear from eyewitnesses of last night's deadly ambush. plus look at other demonstrations against this week's police killings of two black men and new details about those investigations. your local news is next. we are back after that.
>> this is cbs-3 "eyewitness news". good mornings i'm brooke thomas. black lives matter activists plan a demonstration in north philadelphia tonight. day after the deadly ambush of police officers and a dallas protest. last night's protest philadelphia in peaceful. clergy members in town for the ame church convention led the march. tonight begins tonight's protest begins at 5:00 at broad and erie and goes to city hall. >> let's get a check on the eyewitness forecast with meteorologist, katie fehlinger. >> good morning, brooke, once again, in the midst of some pretty excessive heat, starting things off on what i wouldn't necessarily call comfortable note, but it is at least tolerable at this time of day, so you must get outside, good time to do it. >> pleasant valley middle and high school, offer in the distance, normally view of mountain, low-lying cloud cover to skew that, feels 6 degrees warmer there than it
does actually read off a thermometer. so if philadelphia we expect to easily get back to the mid 90s to make it officially a heatwave, excessive heat warning continues meantime and likely see symptom storms later today. >> good to know, thank you so much. guys, take a look at this. this accident is still out there, approaching downingtown, route 30 eastbound at route 340. the left lane still blocked. take a look at these backups. they are significant, avoid the area at all costs if you can, otherwise, at least plan for an extra hour. brooke, over to you. >> thanks, meisha, a next up update 75:00, a up next right now on cbs this morning, the mayor of dallas on last night's deadly ambush of police officers. i'm brooke thomas, thanks for joining us.
♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." right now you're looking at protesters scrambling in dallas last night after hearing gunfire. it broke out during a peaceful protest after this week's deadly shootings of black men. two people ambushed in an parent coordinated attack. >> five police officers were killed and six more people are wounded. police have three suspects in custody. a standoff with a fourth suspect at a parking garage has ended. "cbs evening news" anchor scott pelley continues our coverage from downtown dallas. scott? >> reporter: that standoff with the fourth suspect in the parking garage involved a lot of gunfire headed in both directions with the dallas
police department. during that standoff, the man communicated with dallas police negotiators and told the negotiators that his team had planted bombs all over the downtown area. so since early this morning, military and civilian bomb disposal experts have been combing all over this part of downtown dallas, looking for explosives. they have found none. we have not gotten the all-clear yet, but it appears to be the word of explosives was a hoax by one of the suspects. we do not know yet what happened to that suspect, although the dallas police tell us that that standoff is over. all of this started last night about 9:00 local time at the end of a peaceful protest march. these are some of the sights and sounds of what unfolded.
>> get down! get down! >> it feels like a war zone. >> reporter: when the shots rang out, people scattered. and it has been described as absolute pandemonium. >> all i seen was a bullet coming me. pop. pause. pop. pause. you see the first two officers go down right by the greyhound station. >> they go down. they were hit. >> we didn't see the shooter and the cops had no idea who was shooting at them. >> at least 50 cop cars flying by. i've worked downtown for six years now and never seen anything like that before. >> me and organizers took control and said don't come this way. the mass is coming toward the gunshot. >> it was just, again, a heart breaking experience. >> heartbreaking night in downtown dallas and i think the word to describe best for the folks who call this place home. >> we, as a city, we, as a country, must come together and
lock arms and heal the wound. >> reporter: we will have a great deal more from dallas about this tragedy, including how other police departments around the country are strengthening the protection of their own police officers. jeff, back to you in new york. >> scott, thank you very much from dallas. dallas mayor mike rawlings joins us now to talk about what happened last night and also what is happening this morning. mayor, let me just ask you, i know you say at this point the suspects are not cooperating. what can you tell us that you know about these suspects and do you feel all suspects are in custody right now or contained? >> we are not sure that they all are there. we are hopeful that that is the pwe are pleased that we were abe to take one of the suspects out last night, but this investigation is acting, right now as i'm talking to you, and so i don't have all of the
facts. >> can you tell us anything, mayor, about who these suspects are? >> i can't. we are trying to -- we are fingerprinting the deceased suspect and tracking him down and we are working with federal officials, and looking at the backgrounds of everybody. but folks are not being kroopt i cooperative as you just reported. >> reporter: mayor, how many people do you believe is behind this? >> we really don't know, okay? we know there is one individual was that we -- as i said, we killed last night. but we think he had some accomplices. we don't know how many there will be, whether we have got those individual or whether the individuals that we have are actually part of this. >> it's been a very fluid situation -- >> sorry. i just don't -- >> absolutely. it's obviously, been a long night and a very fluid
situation. we have seen different video and that type of thing. i want to ask you in different reports this morning, the dallas police have said 11 officers were shot and in some interviews, you potentially said 12. do we have a firm number this morning on how many officers were hurt? >> it is 12 officers were shot, two civilians were shot. we had five officers that were deceased, four that were dallas police and one transit officer. we had three women that were shot in this incidence as well. >> last night, you asked for the city to come together and you said that, quote, words matter. what did you mean by that? >> well, i think that we have a tone in this country right now that the nature comes through our mouths and we need to shut them and we need to listen and we need to understand what is going on. we need to fight evil when it
represents us, but the rest of us are on the same team, and that is what i mean. let's be careful in leadship, whether it's from the pulpit, whether it's from politicians, to say the right word. >> mayor, your department, as scott noted, just a short time ago here on this broadcast, has received praise across the country for its transparency and its community outreach in recent years. i wonder if you can talk about what you've tried to do in that community to increase that transparency and increase that communication, and what you see as the biggest challenges moving forward, especially now. >> you know, we have worked very hard at this. we did community policing before anybody. we had deescalation training before anyone. we had, this year, the lowest amount of police-involved shootings than any major city in the country.
and so it's very ironic that our police were protecting those that were exercising their freedom of speech and they lost their lives doing their jobs. we need to honor them. we need to honor all of the police in america. >> mayor, i know you spent extensive time with the families of the victims overnight. can you tell me some of the things that they told you? >> well, everybody was very proud, obviously, of their loved ones. they were heartbroken. i sat there with two young girls that lost their fathers. they were stunned. they were in shock. i felt the love of all of the public safety officials that were at the hospital, the surgeons, the administrators that were coming together. you would be inspired to see how they wrapped their emotional arms around these families, but
their pain will never be -- i'll never be able tond what their pain that they are going through, but i told them the city is grieving in such mass that, in some way, hopefully, we can comfort them. >> so is the nation, mayor. so what is your message then to all of our 1r50urs thviewers wh listening now so we can move forward from this and stop this type of hatred? >> you know, i want tond and i want everybody to understand that the most important thing that we do in a city and what everybody wants is to be safe. our police officers are the line that keeps us safe. this is not to absolve anybody's wrongdoing, but let's make sure we lift our police officers up as we deal and improve with how we are doing, living together. >> mayor rawlings, aour thought and prayers are with you and your entire community. thank you for joining us. >> thank you.
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i was screaming run, run, run! active shooter, active shooter. run, run, run! >> it came out of nowhere. like the gunshots were coming at us. >> they kept going and going and going. witnesses in dallas describe the terror during the ambush targeting officers last night. the sniper fire interrupted a demonstration that had been peaceful. it was one of several around the country last night protesting deadly police shootings of black men in louisiana and minnesota. >> thousands of people marched in cities from new york to washington and oakland to minneapolis. anna werner is outside of the governor's residence in st. paul, minnesota, about
wednesday's police shooting in a nearby suburb. >> reporter: good morning. the two officers involved in wednesday's fatal shootings have been identified. they arriay are an nnis and cou seer. both are on paid administrative leave. we have also learned that investigators have another video, a squad car video of this incident, in addition to the video shot by castile's girlfriend. >> reporter: diamond reynolds expressed her outrage on thursday after her boyfriend was shot multiple times by a police officer during a traffic stop, yanes. >> we got pulled over for a busted taillight in the back. >> reporter: reynolds streamed the shootings aftermath live on facebook. the video shows casstill slumped
over in the seat and bleeding. >> he let the officer know i have a firearm on me. i began to yell he has a license to carry. after that, he began to take off shots. boom boom boom! don't move! don't move! >> reporter: the officer continued to hold them at gun s gunpoint through the driver's side window. >> you told him to get his i.d., sir, and his driver's license. oh, my god. please don't tell me he is dead. >> reporter: the officer radioed for an ambulance and police officers continued to give castile cpr. he died later in the hospital. >> would this have happened if the driver and passenger were white? i don't think it would of. >> reporter: he worked for the the st. paul public schools since 2002. antonio johnson is castile's
cousin. >> he would laid back and most unconfrontational man i ever met in my life. >> reporter: this traffic stop was not the first. police records show he was pulled over 28 times for petty misdemeanors the last 14 years. d.o.j. is saying they are just monitoring the situation and they stand ready to offer assistance, if necessary. >> an, that thank you. this morning we know the name of the baton rouge officer who killed alton sterling. sources say blaine salamoni opened fire during tuesday's confrontation. the four-year police veteran can be seen here directly on top of sterling. hundreds of people gathered last night to remember sterling, including his family and louisiana governor john bell edwards. the governor spoke about how to move forward. >> now is not only a time to grieve, it's also a time to talk and probably, more important, to listen. and try to understand one
another better. >> good point. the crowd funding page created to support sterling's five children has received more than $500,000 in pledges. natural disaster hits the heartland. the homes and buildings destroyed by a tornado in kansas. first, it's time to check your local weather. we'vmajor delays...ures, interstate closures, [sigh] i wish i had a presidential escort. [police siren] ♪
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this is cbs-3 "eyewitness news". good morning, everyone, i'm jim donovan. presumptive democratic nominee hillary clinton is expected to reference the dallas shooting at a campaign stop today in philadelphia, set to speak tonight at the convention center spending most of the day in pennsylvania also campaigning in scranton this afternoon with vice president joe biden, let's sends right over to katie for a look at the forecast. >> still very steamy forecast for us, jim, once more expect to go see some showers and thunderstorms, erupt, and still another day of excessive heat with the excessive heat warning remaining in effect for i95 and the count that's surrounding it. so take to you storm scan3, at the moment, storms to track, but far off to our north and west, eventually, though, see these start to bubble up as the day progresses and with enough sunshine it will help bake things at the surface to get the instability goingment
looking forward we finally break the heat, humidity by sunday, we won't break the heat, certainly break the humidity, will feel a lot more comfortable by sunday. >> i thank you so much, katie, good morning, everyone, so, accident news just cleared approaching downingtown route 30 eastbound at route 340, that left lane was compromised but take a look at this, you can see all of the residual backups still out there because of it and also, we do have downed tree, very near to this. route 30 westbound, that right lane is block, because of it, jim, back over you. >> thanks, meisha a next update 8:25, coming up on cbs this morning, naacp jim brooks joins the conversation about the violence in dallas. i'm jim donovan, good morning.
♪ it is friday, july 8th, 2016. welcome back to "cbs this morning." ahead complete coverage of the police ambush in dallas. scott pelley is there with new tails details on one of the deadliest attacks on law enforcement since 9/11. first, here's a look at today's "eye opener" at 8:00. there is a sniper from up here somewhere. >> it's a sniper? >> get down! get down! >> snipers target and kill five police officers in dallas. >> police say the snipers were targeting officers in an effort to injure and kill as many as they could. >> get down! get down! get down! >> police started shooting one direction and whoever was shooting, was shooting back. that is when the war began.
>> people protest peaceful and no one acting up or acting crazy and out of nowhere, gunshots. >> people were running. we don't know where it's coming from. i didn't see anybody else. it was just the cop. >> i believe that i speak for every single american when i say that we are horrified over these events. let's be clear. there is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks. >> people are gathering across the country after the second black man in less than 24 hours was shot and killed by a police officer. >> protests have been boiling over because of the shootings, both in baton rouge and in minneapolis. >> all that. >> to say that our police officers put their life on the line every day is no hyperbole. we, as a country, must come together and lock arms and heal the wounds that we all feel from time to time. >> and all that matters. >> it's like if you take a stand for something, you automatically are against something else. it seems that it's either pro
cop and anti-black or the opposite. when, in reality, you can be pro cop and pro black. which is what we should all be doing. >> on "cbs this morning." >> we have got some tough history and we haven't gotten through all of that history yet. we don't expect that in my lifetime, maybe not my children's lifetime, that all the vestiges of that past will be cured, but we can do better. people of goodwill can do better. >> i'm jeff glor with kristine johnson of wcbs-tv in new york and jamie yuccas of cbs news. charlie, gayle and norah are off. a described ambush in dallas. the city's mayor said seven more officers and two civilians were wounded.
officers dove for cover while trying to end that sniper rampage. hundreds of demonstrators ran for cover. police have three suspects in custody. a fourth barricaded himself in a parking garage. the mayor told cbs news a short time ago, that suspect has died. "cbs evening news" scott pelley is leading our coverage this morning in dallas. scott? >> reporter: jeff, good to be with you. snipers unleashed dozens of bullets in an unprecedented attack on downtown dallas. the gunfire ambushed police in an apparent coordinated attack, while officers monitored a peaceful protest march, protesting the police killings of african-american men in other cities. president obama addressed the tragedy in poland this morning. he said he spoke to the mayor of dallas, offering any assistance that the city need. >> there wabhas been a vicious
calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement. police in dallas were on duty during -- doing their jobs, keeping people safe during peaceful protests. these law enforcement officers were targeted. even as of yesterday, i spoke about our need to be concerned as all americans about racial disparities in our criminal justice system. i also said yesterday that our police have an extraordinarily difficult job. and the vast majority of them do their job in outstanding fashion. >> reporter: manuel bojorquez was just a few blocks away when the shots began to ring out about 9:00 last night local time. >> reporter: that's right, scott. until last night, no dallas police officer had been killed in the line of duty since 2011.
the night started with a protest march in solidarity with the victims of this week's police shootings, two men who were killed in louisiana and minnesota. but just before 9:00, as the protest was wrapping up, officers with the dallas police transit became the target of pi- snipers in the chaos, people ran for their lives. several uniformed officers were down, motionless on the pavement. officers ran to the aid of their colleagues who were hit. the dallas police chief has made this very clear, this is still a fluid and ongoing investigation. as for the suspect so far, we are told that two were arrested during a traffic stop. a third was arrested at a nearby downtown garage. and, scott, the fourth suspect also was in that garage and engaged in hours long standoff with police. as we heard from the mayor this morning, that suspect is dead. >> reporter: we don't know whether he might have killed himself or whether the police killed him but we do understand
that suspect is dead, as you say. manuel bojorquez, thank you very much. many of the victims were taken to a hospital at baylor medical center, which is about two miles from here. omar villafranca is there this morning. omar? >> reporter: good morning, scott. several of the victims are recovering here at baylor hospital. with when the gunshots rang out, hundreds of those peaceful protesters ran for cover. dallas police were running towards the gunfire. this morning, it was a gut wrenching scene when dallas police officers saluted the bodies of the killed officers as they were transported. now one of the ked is 43-year-old d.a.r.t. officer brent thompson, a seven-year member of the force. d.a.r.t. officer misty mcbride's father told us she was shot twice in the attack and she is recovering in the hospital. dallas mayor mike rawlings said he did receive a call from the white house and texas governor greg abbott, offering support and any help they might need because the dallas police
department right now is running very thin and their day is just going to get longer, scott, because downtown, a five-block radius is closed off and it is going to become an active crime scene. >> omar villafranca for us this morning, thanks very much. pastor michael waters is joining us now. pastor waters was one of the organizers helping to lead yesterday's peaceful protest. pastor, what did you see? >> well, the initial part of our gathering, i saw a beautiful picture of america. person of every race, young and old were coming together to express their concern for several tragedies taking part in this nation. and so we had a very peaceful rally, a very peaceful march and we are dispersing people to return to their individual when gunshots were fired. >> reporter: the march was over and the march was ending? >> the march had concluded. we had a moment of cleanse and reflection for lives that were lost. we gave directions their given
to us by the dallas police department in terms of how to disperse and individuals were literally casually walking back to their vehicles. >> when the gunfire broke out, what did you see? what did you hear? >> initially, any hear the gunfire. i was on the side watching individuals passing when i saw, first, what humanity running back in my direction and my instinct told me i needed to move wherever they were moving and we took cover. it was only after we had taken cover that we continued to hear gunshots take place and decided to move to safety. >> reporter: how would you describe the gunshots? they were random. in a scene like that, the concern is where are they coming from, who was shooting? no one knows. a very peaceful scene turned chaotic very quickly. >> reporter: was there anything in the protest march that might have set off this violence? >> nothing that i saw, nothing
that i was aware of. in fact, the police officers who were coming to us did a tremendous job in ensuring that we were safe. we were in direct conversation and dlab radiation to make sure that all persons who were participating in the march stay within the bounds of that march. it was a beautiful night and it was -- >> reporter: pastor waters, thank you very much and thanks for being with us. we will go back to you in new york. >> scott, thank you very much. the head of the naacp is speaking out about the deadly ambush in dallas. the civil rights group president and ceo cornell william brooks is in washington. ahead the message he draws from this attack during a
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against this week's police killings of two black men in minnesota and louisiana. with us from washington is naacp president and ceo cornell william brooks. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> i want to get your reaction to what happened in dallas. >> it is absolutely horrific. there are many people in the world who would find it ironic that you have five police officers who lost their lives aside people peacefully protesting against police misconduct. the fact that they gave their lives for their fellow citizens, for civilians, for this country speaks well of their character as police officers, it speaks well of the constitution and it speaks well of our country, even amidst this grief-stricken moment. >> you have two very separate issues happening here that are both tragedies. we as a nation have become so
divisive in terms of how we are talking about both of these issues. what is your response? >> well, it's clear that we can appreciate and have respect for the work that law enforcement does day in and day out, where they put their lives on the line for their fellow citizens. even as we hold them to the highest standards of accountability, so we can grieve for the loss of their lives but we can also grieve for the loss of the live of mr. castile and mr. sterling and his families. these are not major league exclusive. at the end of the day and as we have said over the course of the last two years that our lives matter, whether your skin is black or your uniform is blue. >> "the washington post" investigation found that 105 fatal shootings by police have been captured on camera. what do you think that says about the state that we are in that people feel as though they need to record these incidents?
>> it says that we have a country of our fellow citizens who are living in fear and apprehension because of a minority of officers who -- the profession by their conduct and speaks among the apprehension of our citizens whond all too well awe as an american are wrapped in white skin, it is a cloth, if you will, of respectability and credibility. a flak jacket, if you will, that protects you. if you, on the other hand, in america are wrapped in black or brown skin, it is a cloth of vulnerability or victimhood. we have to respond to the problem, not with hand wringing but with policy and what that means at the federal level, certainly is passing the racial profiling coact and it means showing up at the polls in november and voting for the kind of protection at the polls that
you expect in the streets. >> this isn't exactly, though, a new issue. we have been talking about this over and over and over and over again. why can't we get anything done? >> well, we have to develop a political will to do that. one of the things i take heart in is that the naacp came into being in the last century to combat a form of racialized violence called lynching. we brought it to an end. we, in this century, face a violence called police misconduct. we can when we can and within ourselves do so with a strategy and a plan, bring police misconduct to an end. we can do that. there are cities that have done it and there are cities that have gotten it right. we can, in fact, do this better across the country. we have to do it at both the federal level and at the state and the municipal level. >> cornell, i know you're the father of two sons. i wonder how you talk to them
about not only what happened in minneapolis and baton rouge, but what you say to them after that, but also what you say to them after what happens in dallas or what happened in dallas last night? >> like a great many african-american parents, my wife and i had a talk, as we call it, with our sons, and the talk was not about the bird and bee, but rather the police and civilians and how they interact. we also talk with them about dallas. what we will say to them, as we have said to them, is in the same way that you do not judge all african-americans in a stereo typically way or latinos or other groups in the country we cannot judge law enforcement to the prism of stereotype. that being said, law enforcement is in a crisis. racial profiling and police brutality is real. we say to them be hopeful and be
confident about our ability to affect change but be vigilant that we face a crisis in the country. that is what we will say to them. >> we have to leave it there. cornell william brooks, thank you for joining us. >> the dallas ambush sends a chilling reminder to other police around the country. how they are changing their own security in the wake of this attack. that is next on "cbs this morning."
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>> good morning, i'm brooke thomas. another hot morning, and speed restrictions because of the heat, authorities are sharing new details on the security plans for the democratic national convention, the secret service secured perimeter around the wells fargo center site of the convention. get more details at cbsphilly.com. now, for the eyewitness weather forecast, here's meteorologist, katie fehlinger. >> still a hot one out there, you mentioned, it can mess with septa rales, and will mess with you if you're trying to be comfortable outside, you will have a tough time with that today. still excessive heat warning in effect until 6:00 tonight
along i95, all of the counties shaded in the hot pink there. meanwhile, we do have heat index values. that will soar to around 100, as the day progresses, this is what it actually feels like right now, 84 in both philadelphia and wilmington, little hotter, again, factoring in the humidity, in dover, wildwood, again we haven't even hit the 9:00 hour yet. so off to the races here folks, we'll hit 94 degrees officially at all the thermometer, keep the heat going into tomorrow, even though excessive heat warning expired, look for stronger showers, thunderstorms to roll through in scattered fashion, later today. meisha? >> yes, speaking that far heat, katie, certainly the tension can rise out there for those of you taking septa today with all of the problems going on, then there is will this. we we have power problems near jefferson station, and your experiencing 30 minute delays on all regional rail lines, that in addition to everything that's already out, going on out there, so make note of that, it is going to be very hot out there, like i said, tension will be flaring, down tree route 30 westbound at reeseville road.
♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." if you're just joining us, we have been covering the dallas sniper shootings all morning long. five police officers have been killed in an ambush during peaceful demonstrations last night. seven officers and two civilians were wounded. the mayor tells "cbs this morning" three suspects are in custody and a fourth suspect is dead. we are now awaiting a news conference in dallas with the city's mayor and police chief. we will bring that to you live as a happens in a special report. >> as we wait for the former washington chief correspondent, bob schieffer is from dallas and grew up there and started his reporting there half a century ago.
bob, it is good to see you there in washington. i know we are still waiting for a lot of information here, bob. we will go to this report when it happens. what do you make of what you've seen so far? >> well, i think what the mayor is going to say in this news conference is going to be very, very important, because what has happened here, jeff, is different than any of these recent violent events that we have been talking about. was this not a random act by some deranged person. this was a carefully planned military-style operation. this was a classic ambush where the ambushers put their shooters on the high ground, surrounded a certain place and then let their prey walk into their line of fire. they were also very good shots. these were people that knew how to use these weapons. we know that by the accuracy, by the number of police officers that were shot.
they were, obviously, shooting at police. they were not shooting at the protesters. and they were successful, obviously. twelve people were shot and five police officers are dead. the question now is who are these people? is this some kind of organized group? could it be terrorists? the dallas mayor has said already this morning that he is not ruling out anything as to what the motive is or who these people are. so as we begin to identify these shooters, we will have a better idea of what their motivation was. this may be tied to some of the police shootings we have been seeing around the country. it may be something entirely different. those are the things that we will hope to find out more about when the dallas officials hold this news conference. >> we have been going on hours now. still don't have a ton of information, bob. i want to ask you, because i think you provide such great
perspective, covering so many events over the last 60 years. the civil rights movement and jfk's assassination and vietnam. can you put into context the type of divisiveness we are seeing in this country and the rhetoric we are seeing? >> i think one thing that we overlook, jamie, is our culture is changing. i don't think there is any question about that. we are becoming a less patient society. we are becoming a more demanding society. for want of a better word, we are becoming a ruder society and we see this playing out in road rage, in the way we treat one another. there's just almost people -- nobody is satisfied with anything now. people are dissatisfied, they are frustrated, and they act out on these things. and when you put those who are deranged into the mix, and they have access to these very powerful weapons of war, it just
makes the stakes even higher. there's no excuse for some of the police shootings that we have been seeing. police are shooting first and asking questions later. but on the other hand, you have to remember that the police are scared too of these weapons. >> right. >> that is why they are on such a hair trigger now. it's going to take great training and we are going to have to have more of it for our police departments around the country. i think scott pelley talked about this earlier. the dallas police department is a very good police department. they have been very transparent, they have put emphasis on commute policing. the mayor mike rawlings, i know him personally. he is a very upstanding guy. he is very forward thinking. he apologize very bipartisan support from both republicans and democrats in dallas.
it is somewhat ironic that this would happen in, of all places dallas, where their police department has done such a good job. but, again, i go back to this. we do not yet know what the motivation of these shooters is. this may be something totally unrelated. probably not, but it could be something totally unrelated to some of these police shootings that we have been seeing across the country. this might be the work of terrorists. we are going to find out eventually, but right now, we simply don't know. >> until we do find out, bob, the fact is that the anger in this country really does seem to be at a tipping point and that is a very, very scary feeling, i'm sure, for a lot of people that woke up this morning to this news. based on your experience, what do lawmakers need to do to finally turn this corner? >> well, nobody knows the answer to this because there are so many things that this is so complex. but you're exactly right. we wake up each morning
wondering what could happen today that is worse than what happened yesterday. i'm now told that we are going now. the mayor is coming out. we are going now to the special report. let's go directly there. >> this is a cbs news special report. i'm scott pelly in dallas where the mayor of dallas and the police chief are holding a news conference. let's listen in. >> determination to make our city safe and to arrest anybody that did us harm. i also want to thank the county and judge jenkins. i want to thank the fbi. i want to thank the governor, lieutenant governor flew in last night. the president called me from
poland and all your commentators have wished us well and are praying for us. i want to say from our heart we feel that. so, thank you. i am now going to tell you some not good news for you reporters. and that is we've got a criminal investigation going on. and our number one job is to make sure the citizens of dallas are safe, so we're not going to tell you anything about the suspects and we're not going to answer any questions on that. we will, when it's the right time. now is not the right time. but a lot has happened in the last five or six, seven hours since we talked. i guess it was early in the morning. and i want chief brown to give you an update on that. i'm proud of him. he has been working so hard these last few hours.
we've been with families and we've been trying to make sure that the city is safe this morning. and i believe it is. chief brown. >> thank you, mayor. >> we're hurting. our profession is hurting. dallas officers are hurting. we are heart broken. there are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred taour city. all i know is that this, this must stop. this divisiveness. between our police and our citizens. to update you on what's
transspitran transpitran transpired since we last spoke, let me walk through the standoff that had occurred, that was occurring at el centro on the second floor of the college there in downtown dallas. we cornered one suspect and we tried to negotiate for several hours. negotiations broke down. we had an exchange of gunfire with the suspect. we saw no other option, but to use our bomb robot and device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was. other options would have exposed our officers to great danger. the suspect is deceased.
as a result of detonating the bomb. the reporting that the suspect killed himself is not accurate. we have confirmed that he's been deceased because of the detonation of the bomb. our hostage negotiation did an exceptional job getting this suspect to talk before he died during the hours of negotiating that eventually broke down. and i want to share with you some of the comments from this suspect. the suspect said he was upset about black lives matter. he said he was upset about the recent police shootings. the suspect said he was upset at
white people. the suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers. the suspect stated he will, that we will eventually find the ieds. the suspect stated he was not affiliated with any groups and he stated that he did this alone. the suspect said other things that are part of this investigation so that we can make sure that everyone associated with this tragic event is brought to justice. so, as the mayor said, we won't expand on any further on what other suspects we have interviewed or looked at their status until we get further into
this investigation and get closer to a conclusion of what and who are all involved. but let me just say, just some closing comments about dallas police officers. and d.a.r.t. police officers. some of the bravest men and women you'd ever want to be associated with. you see video footage after video footage of them running towards gunfire from an elevated position and with no chance to protect themselves. and to put themselves in harm's way to make sure citizens can get to a place of security. so please join me in applauding
these brave men and women who do this job under great scrutiny. under great vulnerability who literally risk their lives to protect our democracy. we don't feel much support most days. let's not make today most days. please, we need your support to be able to protect you from men like these who carried out this tragic, tragic event. pray for these families. i spoke with the families of the deceased and the injured. they are not having a good time
trying to deal, absorb this. trying to understand why. and they need your prayers. so, please join us in helping us comfort the grieving officers' families. and i'll trust that soon because we're working very diligently and processing the crime scene finding to find evidence to bring any other suspects to justice that were a part of this. but, please, pray for our strength through this trying time. thank you. >> i want to add that there are public safety officials that protect our cities and our institutions all across america every day that aren't police officers. and we lost one of those last night. a d.a.r.t. officer was one of
the victims. and i want to just take a moment and say that professionalism of the d.a.r.t. organization was great. and i appreciate better school police officers, campus college police officers standing shoulder to shoulder with our police officers. and that's the way we work. chief brown told the victims ' families last night and the police officers that he was a man of faith. and i am a man of faith, too. and that we need prayers and prayer is good. so, today, at 12:00 at thanksgiving square, a leadership group of inner faith ministers will be leading us in that prayer.
i would ask that if you're at your home or at your office or at your school to join us today at noon and that spirit of prayer. to bring our city together and our country together to heal wounds, not create them. thank you. any questions that were not off limit? >> the injured officers most of them have been released. there are some that need follow up. i will not go into detail what type of injuries. their families are being very private for obvious reasons right now. but, again, excuse me, what's the question?
>> yes, they are doing better. some have been released. some of their statuses are needing more treatment but they're being very private about any further details about their health. so we have to be right 100% of the time the way we police this city. they have to be right once and not work very hard to do cowardly acts like this. to snipe at our officers from elevated positions and to ambush them. around corners. all that hard work is not for not. this city has shown great
support for this police department. the city council and manager's office have supported this department and these officers and we expect that to continue. and this community i'm born and raised here. dallas is a great city. our officers will continue to put themselves in harm's way to protect these great citizens. so, it's worthwhile. >> i want to brag just for a second if anybody hasn't heard us say this. this police department trained in de-escalation far before cities across america did it where wae are one of the premier community policing cities in the country. and this year we have the fewest police officer-related shootings
than any large city in america. so, we are working hard to improve and there is always room for improvement. but we are best in class, we feel. >> no, i'm not going to be satisfied until we turn over every stone. wae have some level that this one suspect did do some of the shooting, but we're not satisfied that we exhausted every lead. and we're not going to be satisfied until every lead is exhausted. if there is someone out there associated with this, we will find you. and we will prosecute you and we will bring you to justice. >> as of right now, a total of four suspects? >> we're not counting or expanding on who or how many. we're going to keep these suspects guessing.
>> chief, did you talk about, i know -- >> i'm going to let chief brown make any strategic decisions, but i think it's important for citizens to realize that we want to give everybody their freedom of speech. we have been through several protests in the last five or six years. and they've all gone in a safe manner. but the chief makes decisions at times that people can be critical of. de-escalated too much.
you put too much body armor on. if we're all being critical of those things, just think about today. this is what you're risking, if you don't do it right. and, so, from a policy standpoint, we are, we believe in the right to protest peacefully and these were peaceful protests until this happened. but we also have to believe in keeping our police officers safe. and i know i'm going to redouble my efforts on that. >> again, i just want to expand on the mayor's comments. the freedom to protest, the freedom of speech and the freedom for expression. all freedoms we fight for with our lives.
it's what makes us who we are as americans. and so we risk our lives for those rights. and, so, we won't militarize our policing standards, but we will do it in a much safer way every time. like we chose to do it this time. we had an adequate amount of officers at this scene. and we were blocking traffic and doing all the things to protect people's right to protest. and their free speech. we are not going to let a coward who would ambush police officers change our democracy. we're not going to do it. our city, our country is better than that.
>> having some mental stability problems and just looking for an opening to really act or to do something more organized. can you talk about that. >> all of those questions would just be speculation to answer. we can't get am to a head of a person who would do something like this. we negotiated with this person. they seemed lucid during the negotiation. he wanted to kill officers. and he expressed killing white people. he expressed killing white officers. he expressed anger for black lives matter. none of that makes sense or a legitimate reason to do harm to anyone. so the rest of it would be speculating on what his motivations were.
that's what he said to our negotiato negotiators. >> guys, thank you. we still have a lot of work to do. we're going to take off. >> a news conference in dallas with mayor mike rawligs and the police chief, david brown. a number of important questions have been answered. the suspect was killed when the police put a bomb on a robot and drove the robot into the area where the suspect was holed up and detonated their bomb. the suspect spoke to the police for several hours. talked to a hostage negotiator for the police department and said he was angry about the deaths of african-americans at the hands of white police officers across the country. he was angry on behalf of the black lives matter protest movement. and that he wanted to kill white people and he wanted to kill white police officers, in particular. those were the details coming out of the dallas news
conference this morning. our coverage will continue throughout the day on our streaming news service, and we will be right here for you on the cbs evening news tonight. >> live from the cbs broadcast center in philadelphia. this is cbs-3 "eyewitness news". good morning, everyone, i'm jim donovan. activists plan a demonstration in north philadelphia this evening. that's a day after the deadly ambush of police officers in dallas. last night's protest in philadelphia were peaceful. clergy members, in town for the african methodist episcopal church convention led the march. hillary clinton is in town today and will attends that convention. tonight's march begins at 5:00 at broad and erie and goes to city hall. now, let's turn to katie for a look at the forecast. >> it is still a very steamy one for us here, jim. once again, going to see some
showers, some thunderstorms eventually bubble up across the delaware vale, we sit in slight risk for the severe weather across eastern pennsylvania, marge mal risk, lowest for philadelphia, and most severe corridor, frequent lightning, primary concerns with any thunderstorms that bubble up. right now you have nothing but sunshine, that will help get the heat going, we expect to hit 94 today, still with excessive heat warning remaining in effect until 6:00 tonight. scattered but locally heavy showers, thunderstorms, then come sunday, monday, tuesday, free and clear, upper 80s where we should be with the sunshine but minus the humidity. at least the worse of it, for sure, meisha. >> a lot going on on the roadways right now, i can tell you, that we do have accident in new jersey involving school bus two, people have been transported to the hospitalment take a look at this, route 38 eastbound at nixon drive, two lanes are blocked, there, also car fire involving overturned vehicle, 295 southbound at warwick road. the right lane is blocked here. and also, another car fire here, take a look at this, garden state parkway
northbound, at route 40, that left lane is blocked, because of it, so, a lot going on still this morning, give yourself some extra time out there, and be careful, jim, over to you. >> thanks, meisha a we continue now with added hour of cbs this morning, and more on the dallas police shootings, i'm jim donovan, good morning.
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♪ it is friday, july 8th, 2016. welcome to "cbs this morning." chilling detail of the dallas suspect who didn't give up. they needed to blow him up with a bomb. first today's eye opener. >> it's a sniper from up here somewhere. >> it's a sniper? >> you hear the shot, get down, get down. >> snipers target and kill five police officers in dallas. >> police say the snipers were targeting officers in an effort to injure and kill as many as they could. >> get back! >> officer down, police officer started shooting in one direction and whoever was shooting was s