A metro Atlanta native, the Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood, organized the Thursday night protests in Dallas that ended in gunfire. Five officers died and more were wounded.
“For maybe a millisecond I thought, maybe this is fireworks,” Hood said. “It became very apparent very quickly that it was shots. I was screaming, run, run, run!”
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, the University of Alabama and Creighton University and holds a doctorate of ministry in queer theology from 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:
Dallas protest organizer Rev Jeff Hood (a Clayton County native) discusses the sniper attacks
Dallas protest organizer Rev Jeff Hood (a Clayton County native) discusses the sniper attacksPosted by Atlanta Buzz on Friday, July 8, 2016