DALLAS—Like many Texans, Shannon Marshall is licensed to carry a gun. And, like many black Americans after the shooting death of Philando Castile in Minnesota, she’s worried about what that could mean in an encounter with police.
“I get terrified every time I get pulled over,” said Ms. Marshall, 31, who marched in the protest against police brutality Thursday night that ended with the killing of five police officers. “I mean, what do I need to say, what do I need to do? Is it a good cop day or a bad cop day?”
Ashley English, an assistant professor at Texas Christian University, says the question facing Dallas is a simple one: “Can we remember the lives of the fallen [officers] and still remember there’s a problem here?”
On Sunday, Dallas attempted an answer. Pastors prepared to confront and comfort a tense and weary city in mourning at services across the city. Activists planned to regroup Sunday to find a way to air grievances against police, while also showing solidarity with them.