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.”
The Next Generation Action Network also posted a statement to its Facebook page offering condolences to the officers killed and injured and stating that the group was not involved in the shooting.
“Next Generation Action Network (NGAN) expresses its condolences for the officers whose lives lost following tonight’s peaceful protest. NGAN organized a peaceful protest to address community concerns regarding two recent police involved shootings. NGAN, nor its President, Minister Dominique Alexander do not condone violence in any form,” the statement reads. “These cowardly acts were committed by individuals in no way affiliated NGAN.”
The group will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET) to discuss the shooting.