Openly gay police officer Jesus Retana was among those wounded in Thursday night sniper ambush shooting in Dallas,TX that left five officers dead and at least 7 others police officers wounded.
Retana, has worked for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) for the past 10 years. Retana has been married since 2008 to Andrew Moss a former DART police officer. Moss, who left DART in 2010 for health reasons, had successfully led the fight for DART to provide insurance benefits for same-sex partners.
During the night of the sniper attack gunfire erupted just before 9 p.m., aimed at officers who were monitoring a demonstration by thousands of people protesting the fatal shootings earlier in the week of 2 black men by police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana.
During a standoff that lasted for hours after the attack, the sniper said he wanted to kill more officers, and claimed — apparently falsely — to have planted explosives in the area, and told police negotiators that “he was upset about Black Lives Matter,” the Dallas police chief, David O. Brown, said on Friday.
“He said he was upset about the recent police shootings,” Chief Brown said. “The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
Jesus has been released from the hospital and is now recovering from home. He has declined any interviews.
Police are investigating after a bartender was beaten up while walking to his friend’s home in Oak Lawn Thursday night — the latest in a spate of attacks in the neighborhood in recent months. Geoffrey Hubbard reportedly left work at the Tap House bar on Cedar Springs Road to have drinks with friends. He was assaulted about 11 p.m. in the 3200 block of Knight Street while walking to a friend’s house, our media partners at KXAS-TV (NBC5) report.
He rolled under a SUV parked nearby to protect himself. “He grabbed my pocket and was trying to grab my wallet and I kicked him off and just yelled for help,” Hubbard told WFAA from his hospital room at Baylor University Medical Center. An off-duty police officer happened to be driving in the area and helped Hubbard. He remains in the ICU this morning with a skull fracture, according to WFAA. Oak Lawn’s LGBT community was already on edge because of at least 10 attacks on people since September.
Out of the 10 gay bashings so fat the Dallas police are only investigating one of the earlier attacks as a hate crime because the assailants used anti-gay slurs as they beat their victim with a baseball bat and robbed him.
Beau Chandler and his partner, Mark “Major” Jiminez were arrested yesterday at Dallas County Clerk Records Building after handcuffing themselves together because they were refused a marriage license.
At 4:30 p.m when the building was closed everyone, including media, was instructed to leave.
The couple was not arrested until everyone else had left the office. When they came down the elevator, they were no longer handcuffed to each other but were handcuffed individually, each escorted by two sheriff’s deputies.
“We live in a land where we’re all supposed to be created equal, and by them denying us our marriage, we are not created equal,” Jiminez said.
Sr. Cpl. Laura Martin, LGBT liaison officer for the Dallas Police Department, accompanied the group, even though she didn’t have direct jurisdiction since they were in a county building. Lt. Shelley Knight, LGBT liaison for the sheriff’s department, also followed the couple.
“They’re the nicest couple,” Martin said of Chandler and Jiminez. “They’re the first guys after any protest to come up and thank the officers.”