SEATTLE - Gerald Hankerson says he's heartbroken, devestated, and yet, not surprised.
"I have acknowledged that I feared one day this would happen, with all the activities that's been going on for centuries, decades, when people reach their breaking point, you worry about things like this happen, and unfortunately it did last night in Dallas," says the president of the Seattle chapter of the NAACP.
Hankerson says the NAACP does not condone the actions of the Dallas shooter, but says it comes after months, if not years, of complaining about excessive force.
The issue, came to a head again this week, after fatal shootings of African American men in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
"At what point, how many bodies, more killings have to happen - for our system to change before police start getting charged?" he asked.
Does he worry about the message of the movement getting lost in the aftermath of the Dallas shootings?
"Absolutely, that's why we promote non-violence because you take away from the message of why you're there, you're there to advocate on behalf of reform police brutality in the country," said Hankerson.
Teri Rogers Kemp is more optimistic about the question.
"Absolutely not. We can grieve for our police officers, for our fallen brothers and sisters in Minnesota and Louisiana but we can work to change the law."
Kemp organized the peaceful rally, "Not This Time," on Thursday night in Seattle. It was underway when the news broke out of Dallas.
"I think that we are at a critical point, the police officers, they gave their life for us," says Kemp about the tragedy in Texas. "In the simplest way, we are suffering as a society, all of us."
Kemp says she'd like the recent events to help push for a change in the state law, to allow for stiffer penalties for officers involved in fatal shootings.
"If we work together as a community, we can change the law, and we will save lives, and put a check in place."