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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) on Friday afternoon railed against the people who took part in the protest in Dallas on Thursday night, charging that the protesters were "hypocrites" because, as he framed it, they were anti-police but expected the police to protect them once the shooting started.

"All those protesters last night, they ran the other way, expecting the men and women in blue to turn around and protect them. What hypocrites," Patrick said on Fox News. "I understand the First Amendment. I understand freedom of speech, and I defend it. It is in our Constitution and is in our soul, but you can't go out on social media and mainstream media and everywhere else and say that the police are racist or police are hateful or the police are killers."

Patrick said that the officers killed in the shooting at the scene of the protest "lost their life protecting people who were protesting against them."

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The Rev. Dominique Alexander, the president of the group that organized the Thursday night protest in Dallas, condemned Friday the deadly ambush of police that took place near the end of the rally and offered condolences to the families of the five officers who were killed.

"We echo the words of President Obama yesterday when he stated, that because black lives matter, it does not mean blue lives do not matter," Alexander, the president of the Next Generation Action Network said at a press conference. "With that being said, we condemn the actions that took lives of five officers and wounded seven. We sincerely thank the Dallas Police Department and the D.A.R.T. police for assisting us with our protest. We understand that although officers volunteered to risk their lives, they certainly do not deserve to die."

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After five law enforcement officers were killed when snipers opened fire on police at the scene of a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on Thursday night, the organizers of the protest condemned the violence.

Gunshots rang out as the protest, scheduled to last two hours, was wrapping up around 9 p.m. CT. It had been peaceful to that point, and the Dallas Police Department had been tweeting photos from the scene, including pictures of officers posing with protestors.

Dominique Alexander, the president of the Next Generation Action Network, told NPR in a statement that the group "does not condone violence against any human being, and we condemn anyone who wants to commit violence."

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On Thursday night, snipers opened fire on police officers at the scene of a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, killing five law enforcement officers and leaving several others injured.

As of Friday morning, one suspect was killed when officers detonated a bomb near the suspect. Officers turned to the bomb after negotiations with the suspect broke down and a gunfire exchange broke out, police said. hree suspects were reporrtedly in custody, though police would not confirm a number or provide any details about other suspects

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Throughout his testimony Thursday before the House oversight committee, FBI Director James Comey defended his decision not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton arising from her use of a private email server. But he also gave House Republicans some material to work with in attacking Clinton and the way she handled classified information as secretary of state.

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During the House oversight hearing with FBI Director James Comey on Thursday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) suggested that the FBI launch an investigation into the people who sent classified information to Hillary Clinton over email.

Comey told Massie that in some of the cases where classified information wound up on Clinton's private server, staff had forwarded the information in a chain of emails until it eventually reached Clinton herself.

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