A shooter opened fire on police in Dallas Thursday night following a Black Lives Matter protest, leading the group — formed in the wake of several high-profile shootings of black men by police in 2014 — to officially condemn the action.
Black Lives Matter released a statement on its website decrying the violence.
The group also made clear in its statement that the tragedy in Dallas should not lead to an end of the discussion of police violence against the black community.
Accounts of the protest Thursday night showed a peaceful crowd that worked with the police to ensure the safety of those involved. There were even pictures of protestors posing with the assembled officers.