According to the Texas Tribune, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and a handful of other Texas Republican officials, blamed Black Lives Matter protesters for the shooting in Dallas this past Thursday night.

In an interview on Fox News Friday Patrick said, ""I do blame people on social media with their hatred towards police." He added that despite the "peaceful" nature of the protest, he blames previous Black Lives Matter events for the incident. In addition he blames protesters at the event, critical of law enforcement, for expecting protection from them when shots were fired.

 

Not all agree. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, speaking in press conference on Friday says "Shame on him".