Dallas Activists Try to Balance Solidarity With Police While Voicing Their Concerns – By Josh Dawsey and  Erin Ailworth July 10, 2016 11:12 a.m. ET


Even as they gather to mourn, police, residents still on edge after fatal shooting of five officers

Parishioners of First Baptist Church in Dallas gather Sunday to pray for the five police officers killed.

Parishioners of First Baptist Church in Dallas gather Sunday to pray for the five police officers killed. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

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?”

(See a graphic on the recent history of deaths involving police.)

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.

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