More than 200 people on Friday gathered outside the state Capitol for a small but passionate Black Lives Matter rally, hours after at least five Dallas police officers and multiple people were wounded in a sniper attack.
No one association was behind the event, which was organized entirely on social media by social justice activists and residents rattled by the events in the Dallas and the most recent controversial shootings by police of two African American men: Philando Castile, who was shot and killed in his car by a police officer in Minnesota, and Alton Sterling, who was shot several times while he was held on the ground by police outside a Louisiana convenience store.
Participants led a peaceful march around the Capitol, holding signs and shouting a familiar call: "Hands up. Don't Shoot." At least two hecklers shouted at the demonstrators but were quickly quieted by the crowd.