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Two killed after opening fire on police at AFDI art contest for best Mohammed cartoon.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative held an “art show,” or contest of cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Mohammed in Texas on Sunday, May 3.

As the event was winding down, two gunmen pulled up in a vehicle and shot a Garland security officer outside the Curtis Culwell Center, where the art show was taking place.


In response, the Garland police shot and killed the two gunmen. Bruce Joiner, the police officer who was shot by the gunmen, was released from the hospital after being treated.

Some people had been critical of the art contest, calling it an attack on Islam, but Pamela Geller, the head of the AFDI, said they were just exercising their right of free expression. The contest offered an award of $10,000 for the best cartoon.

The City of Garland said in a statement posted on its Facebook page Sunday night that two men drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center and began shooting at a security officer.

The gunmen’s vehicle may contain an “incendiary device,” according to the statement. A bomb squad was on the scene, and nearby businesses were evacuated.

According to the Drudge Report and heavy Twitter activity, ISIS may be taking responsibility for this attack.


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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email:


  1. Yeah he should have been there to stop the police from killing people. Obama could have stopped hurricane Katrina as well. It’s the POTUS fault that California is drying up. It’s Obama’s fault that there are still people who are Republithugs, and ignorant asshats such as yourself Bill.

  2. Bob Cook , no, he should not have told them to “hold the course”. Obama should have said from the Ferguson riot, we will not tolerate this thug behavior. Instead he says “if I had a son he would look like Trevon”. Obama could have put a stop to the thug behavior. Your response is the same as the rioters. Your last words are no better than the hoodrats speech.

  3. Bill I agree!! He is a wimp as well as a Muslim! His loyalties r not what is in the interest of all citizens. This holds true to to inciting violence on campuses with Jewish hatred, to the men in blue who protect us in New York. He’s an embarrassment to our country I love dearly!

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