One Dallas police officer offered an emotional glimpse into his morning Friday, just hours after a sniper shot and killed five of his fellow officers.
"Good Morning From Dallas," Dallas County Constable Bryan Woodard said on a Facebook video posted Friday morning. "I [won't] be long, for today is gonna be a very busy day."
The officer thanked those watching for their prayers and said it's "hard" for him to put into words how he feels in the wake of the deadly police ambush Thursday night.
"I was not expecting to have my badge covered this morning," Woodard said, referring to the black strip placed over his badge in honor of those who died. "It's covered because we lost five, and it hurts."
He asked that people pray for the victims, their families and police officers. At press time, the video had nearly 5 million views.
"It's not [as] easy as you might think it is out here," Woodard said. "It's very, very sad."
Woodard then concluded his video with a bold promise: "Always remember: I refuse to see hate live while love dies. You all have a blessed morning."
According to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, the suspected gunman, identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, was angered by recent police-related shootings of black men and specifically wanted to kill white people.
Johnson was killed by a robotic bomb after a long standoff with Dallas officers. The accused sniper was discovered to have kept a journal outlining combat tactics and was in possession of bomb-making materials, officials said.
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