A Gay Cop Was Among The Victims In Thursday’s Sniper Attack In Dallas

Derek de Koff

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When a sniper attack interrupted what had been a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas on Thursday night, a gay policeman was among the officers murdered and wounded during the attack.

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The Dallas Morning News reports that 39-year-old Jesus Retana had worked as a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) police officer for a decade.

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He’s currently at home recovering with his husband, Andrew Moss, according to The New Civil Rights Movement:

Retana, above left, is pictured with his husband, Andrew Moss. Moss was behind an effort to get DART to add insurance benefits for same-sex partners that began in 2012.

Retana and Moss were married in 2008 in California. Moss, also a former DART police officer, left law enforcement in 2010 due to health problems.

On Friday, the queer-run Black Lives Matter group posted a statement on its website, condemning the murders of five police officers in Dallas as a “tragedy,” and repeated its “call for justice, transparency and accountability” in the investigations into two deadly shootings of black men by police this week.

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