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After 25-year-old Micah Johnson shot and killed five Dallas, TX police officers and injured seven others, those who consider themselves "pro-cop" shifted blame to members of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Johnson targeted white cops because he was angry over the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two Black man killed by officers this week. 

However, activists are disputing this claim, and the Black Lives Matter movement finally released a statement on their website to clear the air:

They reiterated their right to protest and demand justice from a system that unfairly targets Black people.

They called the Dallas shooting a tragedy. However, they're not responsible, and said blaming them is an attempt toderail the movement.

They also said that's what Black Lives Matters supporters have always stood for: 'Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. '

The statement reads in full:

The Black Lives Matter Network advocates for dignity, justice, and respect

In the last few days, this country witnessed the recorded murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police, the latest victims in this country's failed policing system. As we have done for decades, we marched and protested to highlight the urgent need to transform policing in America, to call for justice, transparency and accountability, and to demand that Black Lives Matter.

In Dallas, many gathered to do the same, joining in a day of action with friends, family, and co-workers. Their efforts were cut short when a lone gunman targeted and attacked 11 police officers, killing five. This is a tragedy—both for those who have been impacted by yesterday's attack and for our democracy. There are some who would use these events to stifle a movement for change and quicken the demise of a vibrant discourse on the human rights of Black Americans. We should reject all of this.

Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday's attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us.

Many other activists have expressed the same sentiment on social media.

Castile and Sterling's families also released a statement on the shootings, condemning the actions of the shooter.

Philando Castile's mother said the protests in Minnesota, the state where officers killed him, will be peaceful. 

"We are having a peaceful protest. My son died just the other day and I haven't had sleep in almost 48 hours," she said when asked about the shooting in Dallas. 

Quinyetta McMillon, the mom of Alton Sterling's son Cameron Sterling, echoed this sentiment in a statement obtained by The New York Daily News. 

"Regardless of how angry or upset people may be, resorting to this kind of sickening violence should never happen and simply cannot be tolerated," she said. "Members of law enforcement have a very difficult job and the vast majority conduct themselves honorably as they protect and serve our communities."


In a press conference, Dallas police chief David Brown said the police need support from everyone.

Ironically, the Dallas Police Department has been making an effort to improve community relations with officers. 


President Barack Obama and "The Daily Show's" host Trevor Noah made sure to make the point that supporting police offcers and being against police brutality can be done at the same time.

"When people say 'Black lives matter,' it doesn't mean that blue lives don't matter," Obama said, "But right now, the data shows that Black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents. There is a particular burden that is being placed on a group of our fellow citizens."

This Black Lives Matter leaders proved that with their statement.