People in Tampa share thoughts on Dallas tragedy

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TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) – On Friday News Channel 8 talked with people in Downtown Tampa about the tragedy in Dallas and how the country can move forward. Opinions varied at Lykes Gaslight Park.

News Channel 8 conducted an unscientific survey by putting up an erasable whiteboard with three words:  Thoughts on Dallas.

While some people walked by the sign and looked away, and others checked their phones as they walked by, some people stopped. They offered their thoughts on the country’s latest blow.

Tyrone Jackson believes people should not rush to judgement, blaming any race or segment of society.

“When it happened, I was like, ‘Okay, that doesn’t make sense.’ And, a lot of stuff didn’t add up to me, so, I’m still looking into it, looking to get all the facts,” Jackson said. “I don’t want to demonize any culture or person.”

Andrew Byrne is concerned this could have a ripple effect on law enforcement officers nationwide. If those who serve and protect are targeted, who will want to pursue that profession, he asked.

“What I see is we are going overboard to condemn the police every time a mistake happens. And, of course there are going to be mistakes. And, we have a system to deal with that,” Byrne said. “But, we’ve got to support the police community or we’re going to have no society at all.”

Others expressed sadness and disappointment in the events of the last 24 hours. It was just a few weeks ago, Americans were under attack in Orlando. After that massacre, #OrlandoUnited saturated social media. It seemed that out of tragedy came solidarity.

Then, the shooting in Dallas happened.

Dan Mouneimne owns a business in Downtown Tampa and wonders how many more senseless shootings will have to take place before people are fearful to walk down the street in broad daylight.

“I hate to say it’s dividing us, you know, especially at this time of the year, especially what happened just a month ago; and happened a few days ago and yesterday in Dallas,” Mouneimne said. “I mean, we’re supposed to be, this is when we’re supposed to be united.”


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