Honoring the Fallen: The Dallas Shooting One Year Later By: Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

One year ago, members of our community took to the streets of downtown Dallas to exercise their first amendment rights by speaking out and peacefully protesting against the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. What began as a peaceful evening on July 7, 2016, ended with a deliberate and barbarous attack on local law enforcement. The calculated ambush and murder of the law enforcement officers in Dallas was a disgraceful act of violence. Yet in the face of such horrific adversity, these valiant officers did everything possible to prevent the further loss of life. They bravely charged into direct gunfire in an effort to protect the city and its people from the deranged assailant. Despite all the horrors of that evening, what I was able to witness and am proud of today is how police officers, citizens, and the entire city of Dallas came together in the wake of such a devastating event. In these moments of reflection, we need to remember that these brave members of the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) were not just officers. These brave men were also sons, fathers, brothers, friends, and colleagues to many of us in Dallas. We must never forget to acknowledge the pain that their family, partners, friends, co-workers, and fellow Dallas-ites endure on a daily basis since that tragic evening. But we must also never forget the victims’ names: DPD Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, DPD Officer Michael Krol, DPD Sgt. Michael Smith, DART Officer Brent Thompson, and DPD Officer Patricio “Patrick” Zamarripa.