The motorcycle group Ride DFW organised a group-ride past the memorial in front of Dallas Police headquarters Sunday to pay respects to the five officers allegedly killed by Micah Xavier Johnson in Thursday’s shootings.
One participant estimated that more than 100 motorcycles were taking part in the event.
The shootings marked the deadliest day for US law enforcement since the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Five officers were fatally shot just a few blocks from where President John F. Kennedy was killed in 1963 Thursday evening while hundreds of people protested the killings of two black men earlier in the week; Philando Castile, who was fatally shot near St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling, who was shot in Louisiana after being pinned to the pavement by two white officers.
Dallas police chief David O’Neal Brown says the suspect in the deadly attack on officers taunted authorities during two hours of negotiations, laughing at them and at one point asking how many officers he had shot.
“We’re convinced that this suspect had other plans and thought that what he was doing was righteous and believed that he was going to target law enforcement – make us pay for what he sees as law enforcement’s efforts to punish people of color,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.
The chief and the county’s most senior elected official also said Sunday that Micah Johnson had larger attack plans and possessed enough explosive material to inflict far greater harm.