In the White House weekly address, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden honors the five police officers who were killed and injured in a sniper attack in Dallas and calls for unity. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday (July 9) gave the White House address, honoring the five police victims of a sniper attack in Dallas. "Those killed and wounded were protecting the safety of those who were peacefully protesting against racial injustice in the criminal justice system," Biden said in the weekly address to the nation. A black U.S. military veteran of the Afghan war who said he wanted to "kill white people" acted alone in a sniper attack that killed five police officers during a Dallas protest decrying police shootings of black men, officials said. Seven other police officers and two civilians were wounded in the ambush in downtown Dallas on Thursday (July 7) night, officials said. Police killed the gunman, identified by authorities as 25-year-old Micah Johnson, with a bomb-carrying robot after cornering him in a parking garage, ending an hours-long standoff. Dallas Mayor Michael Rawlings said Johnson had written "manifestos" on military-style tactics, and social media postings left by Johnson showed he subscribed to a militant black nationalist ideology. Thursday's attack came at the end of an otherwise peaceful march to protest police killings of two black men this week in Minnesota and Louisiana, the latest police killings of black men over the last two years that have triggered outrage, soul-searching and debates over the role of race. In Dallas, hundreds of screaming demonstrators ran for safety as police officers patrolling the rally took cover, believing initially that they had come under attack by several shooters. Investigators had concluded that Johnson, armed with a rifle, was the lone gunman "with no known links to or inspiration from any international terrorist organization," U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told reporters in New York. One man was arrested on "unrelated weapons charges" at the scene, and several people were detained for questioning, but police said they were released by day's end on Friday (July 8). Still, Governor Greg Abbott and other officials said they were looking for evidence of any possible co-conspirators. The ambush marked the highest death toll for U.S. police in the line duty from a single event since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.