Officers across the state of Texas are paying tribute to the five Dallas police officers killed by U.S. military veteran and sniper Micah Johnson a year ago on July 7, 2016. Jillian Kitchener reports.
SOT: "Please activate your lights for one minute for the fallen officers in Dallas" A show of solidarity across the state of Texas... With officers honoring their fallen comrades, killed in the line of duty one year ago. (SOUNDBITE) DALLAS INTERIM CHIEF OF POLICE, DAVID PUGHES, SAYING: "We knew it was going to affect us. But I think it touched each of us a little bit more than what we expected." Authorities say on July 7, 2016, U.S. military veteran Micah Johnson fatally shot five Dallas police officers... using his trained 'shoot-and-move' tactics to gun them down. It happened during a demonstration against fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. A peaceful protest that ended with bloodshed. Johnson was eventually killed during a standoff at El Centro College, where police say, he stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers. College president, Dr. Jose Adames, says the tragic day still poses serious questions: (SOUNDBITE) EL CENTRO COLLEGE PRESIDENT, DR. JOSE ADAMES, SAYING: "Why hasn't enough been done to address the issues of equity and social justice in Dallas? (WHITE FLASH) Why hadn't enough been done to build bridges between our brave officers and those who they are sworn to protect." Issues of race, gun violence and use of lethal force by and against police still linger... as Dallas pays tribute to their fallen officers... killed on the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept 11 attacks.