FAA Restricts Airspace Over Dallas Following Police Shooting
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As a result of the deadly police shootings Thursday night, the United States Federal Aviation Administration has restricted airspace over Dallas throughout the night and into Friday morning.
According to Agence France-Presse, the FAA announced that no pilots or airlines were permitted to operate in an area encompassing 2.5 nautical miles of airspace. The only aircrafts permitted in the area were Dallas Police Department-authorized relief operations helicopters and planes.
In addition, DallasNews.com is reporting that much of downtown Dallas will be closed Friday as police continue to investigate the shootings. In the area closed off from the public are two major Dallas Area Rapid Transit centers.
Both the West End Station that serves all four light-rail lines and the CBD West Transfer Center that serves many of the city’s bus routes will be closed Friday, forcing locals and tourists in the area to find other means of transportation.
In total, 12 police officers were shot by at least two snipers—five officers have died from their wounds thus far—on Thursday night during a peaceful protest against the recent police shootings of two black men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.
Among the officers gunned down Thursday was 43-year-old Brent Thompson, who worked for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Thompson was the first DART officer killed in the line of duty in the history of the agency.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said at a news conference that one of the suspects told negotiators that he was upset about the recent police shootings and “wanted to kill white people, especially police officers.”
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