Dallas Snipers Kill Police Officers In 'Ambush'

"Ambush," reads Friday's front page of The Dallas Morning News, after rooftop snipers reportedly shot 11 police officers during an otherwise peacefull protest against recent police killings of African-Americans in other U.S. cities.

By early Friday, five of the officers shot were reported to have died, with one civilian also wounded in the shooting clearly aimed at police. The gunfire broke out Thursday around 8:45 p.m. near the El Centro College Garage during a rally protesting recent police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this week.

Though the story is still developing, at least two snipers are thought to have fired from elevated positions in an “ambush-style” attack, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown quote by The Dallas Morning News.

A third suspect reportedly declared to authorities that there were bombs planted around the building, and the police believe that these three suspects triangulated their positions in order to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as possible. There are also reports that one suspect has died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Public transportation has been suspended in Dallas, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott has canceled his out of state trip to go to Dallas instead.

The attack is the deadliest for U.S. enforcement since the Sep. 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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