Photographer Describes Being With Dallas Police During Recent Shooting

One photographer attended the recent protest in Dallas that sadly turned deadly. His initial position when the shooting began did not allow him to immediately escape, and he spent more than two hours crouched beside a police officer who eventually shielded him as he moved to safety. He shares his harrowing story and photos in this video.

Robert Moore spent two hours next to Dallas Police Officer James Dylan Smith during the shooting. His story and the photos he captured are striking, the sweat and look of someone who is "hypervigilant" (as Moore puts it) underscoring the grave danger of what he called "a very intense time."

Posted by Robert Moore on Friday, July 8, 2016

Moore was eventually evacuated a half-block across the zone cordoned off by the police at around 11 p.m. His experience is a reminder that photographers are exposed to many serious dangers, and as the political environment continues to erupt and evolve quickly, it's very important for any photographer to be extremely careful and aware. In regards to Smith's actions, Moore said he would like to tell the officer: "I appreciate what you did for me, and I hope everyone else appreciates it."

[via Dallas Morning News]

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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