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Dallas protest organizer recalls the moment he heard gunshots

DALLAS - Metro Atlanta native Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood organized the Thursday night protests in Dallas that ended in gunfire. Five officers died and more were wounded.


He recalls seeing officers after they were hit.

"I saw two officers on the ground right after they got shot. All I knew to do was pray, scream and get people out of there," Hood said. "We were marching right into the gunfire. I was close enough to think that I might have gotten shot."

According to Hood’s bio he is a graduate of Auburn University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, University of Alabama and Creighton University and holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Queer Theology at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. The married father of five describes himself as “a radical mystic and prophetic voice to a closed society” and espouses “a belief that God is calling us to something queerer.”

We talked to him in downtown Dallas, near where the shootings occurred:

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