So devastating. Brent Thompson is the first cop identified that was fatally shot at the peaceful protest in Dallas. His tragic death will not only be grieved by his fellow officers, but also by his new wife whom he just walked down the aisle with.
Officer Brent Thompson, 43, has been determined as one of the five officers who lost his life on July 8 in Dallas, Texas during a “peaceful” protest over the recent incidents of police brutality. He was brutally slain by Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, with sniper fire in an attempt to get retribution over the cops who abuse their authority. Now, Brent’s new wife has to start her life over — no longer able to create happy memories with the man she recently wed and said her “I Dos” to.
“He was recently married in the last two weeks, so this is very heartbreaking,” Dallas Area Rapid Transit authority chief James Spiller told TODAY on July 8. “Brent was a great officer. We will definitely miss him. But we are also making sure that his family is taken care of.” Brent was the first person who was killed in the brutal attack. He joined the force in 2009 and spent 27 years in the line of duty. The tragic incident was the result of anger over the deaths of Philando Castile, 32, and Alton Sterling, 37, who were both fatally shot by cops this week after verbal altercations.
“We lost a member in blue and we have received sympathies and calls and emails from all across the country,” a post reads on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit‘s site. “As you can imagine, our hearts are broken. This is something that touches every part of our organization.” The statement continues: “Officer Thompson is the first officer killed in the line of duty since DART formed a police department in 1989.” The sniper attack resulted in 12 officers injured, five were fatal.
Lavish Reynolds, who was Philando’s girlfriend and also Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of Alton’s 15-year-old son, have condemned the Dallas attacks as they do not bring back the deceased and only cause more sadness. President Obama also recently commented on police brutality in a lengthy Facebook post which he pleaded for a change. He asked that we reflect on what we can do better to restore “confidence that all people in this great nation are equal before the law.”
HollywoodLifers, please send your well-wishes to the families, friends and loved ones of those who mercilessly lost their lives.