The deadly ambush on Dallas Police officers after a Black Lives Matter protest created shock waves throughout the nation.
But before terror covered the streets of downtown Dallas, heartwarming moments were shared between Dallas Police officers and Black Lives Matter protesters via Dallas PD's Twitter account.
Hundreds of people filled the streets.
Men, women, boys & girls gathered @ Belo Garden Park for the demonstration re: recent police involved shootings. pic.twitter.com/gah2Q3tqG6— Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016
Demonstrators continued to protest peacefully, marching down Main Street.
The demonstrators have lined the Main Street and are walking eastbound, chanting, "Black Lives Matter." pic.twitter.com/VSwpnUoDBn— Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016
Protestors' cheers and chants rang out in downtown Dallas.
Demonstrators marching eastbound on Commerce. pic.twitter.com/nFMkRhFQUc— Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016
Many of the demonstrators could be seen in the typical Black Lives Matter pose dubbed: "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" as they marched.
The demonstrators have stopped on the steps of the Old Red Museum for more speaking. pic.twitter.com/jKLTdDduvy— Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016
Then, the protest was over, and demonstrators started to leave. Shots rang out, killing five police officers and injuring others.
The snipers were not affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement or any terrorist organization, according to the Dallas Police Chief David Brown. Despite the lack of affiliation, the Black Lives Matter Twitter account found it important to mention they do not condone this violent behavior:
#BlackLivesMatter advocates dignity, justice and freedom. Not murder.— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) July 8, 2016