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A sniper attack in Dallas left five officers dead and seven wounded after a peaceful protest against police shootings became a nightmare. To a nation already stunned by live video of the aftermath of a fatal police shooting of a motorist in Minnesota, the Texas massacre was one more stunning blow. How will the country process these twin tragedies? Is the always-fragile peace between the police and the citizens they’re sworn to protect now shattered in new ways We’ll hear from scholars and experts on race relations and police tactics, and a journalist who’s profiled some of the victims left behind.

Later, we’ll delve more deeply into the technical realities and cultural impacts of live-streaming video of police shootings. How should social media sites like Facebook handle such explosive material, and are we prepared to deal with the aftermath? Do we need new rules of the road for the digital age?

Photo: A screen capture from a Facebook Live stream of the Dallas police shooting. (Video by Michael Kevin Bautista)

Details of the Dallas Sniper Attack 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Five police officers dead in Dallas – and seven others wounded, along with two civilians – after a grisly sniper attack made chaos of a peaceful march to protest police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. One suspect is dead, killed by the police with a robot bomb after a tense hours-long standoff. 

Guests:
Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Morning News (@RobertWilonsky)

More:
Wilonsky says "The shattering of peace in Dallas leaves our city in pain"

Police Shootings – and a Devastating Sniper Attack on Officers in Dallas 15 MIN, 59 SEC

It’s the latest raw wound in the social fabric: A cold-blooded sniper attack on police officers in Dallas, in the middle of a peaceful march to protest recent police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. The headlines seem numbingly familiar – yet still have the power to shock. 

Guests:
John Eterno, Molloy College
Peniel Joseph, University of Texas at Austin (@PenielJoseph)
Danielle Belton, The Root (@blacksnob)

More:
The New York Times on the Dallas police shooting

The Ethics of Live-streaming Video 27 MIN, 29 SEC

We’ll delve more deeply into the technical realities and cultural impacts of live-streaming video of police shootings. How should social media sites like Facebook handle such explosive material, and are we prepared to deal with the aftermath? Do we need new rules of the road for the digital age?

We'll discuss the mechanics – and the ethics – of the Castile video, which was live streamed on Facebook.

Photo: A still from the Facebook Live stream of the death of Philando Castile, who was shot in Minnesota. The video was taken by his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds. (Diamond Reynolds)

Guests:
Danielle Belton, The Root (@blacksnob)
James Poniewozik, New York Times (@poniewozik)
Charlie Warzel, Buzzfeed (@cwarzel)

More:
Poniewozik's New York Times article: "A Killing. A Pointed Gun. And Two Black Lives, Witnessing."
Warzel on the complications of explicit Facebook Live content

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