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Dallas authorities prep for rumored ‘Day of Rage’ protest downtown

Dallas authorities prep for rumored ‘Day of Rage’ protest downtown

The Dallas Morning News

Dallas County Sheriff's deputies are strategizing after the hacker group known as Anonymous allegedly claimed it's organizing a protest with Black Lives Matter in Dallas and other U.S. locations Friday.

The sheriff's office hasn't confirmed that a protest will occur in Dealey Plaza downtown at 6 p.m., but is proactively preparing, KDFW-TV (Channel 4) reports.  Authorities are on high alert after a man ambushed police officerslast Thursday in and around El Centro College as a protest passed. He killed five officers and injured more during the event, which was organized in response to the recent police killings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Melissa Urbina of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office said Friday morning that they're still unsure whether or not the protest is happening later. She said she had heard rumors about Anonymous and Black Lives Matter working in conjunction, but she couldn't confirm it.

"Usually for an event like this there's a lot of promotion to let people know about it," Urbina said. "We haven't seen anything that says it's for sure happening. That doesn't mean that people won't show up. We just don't know right now."

Urbina said the department is in "watch and wait" mode right now.

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