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A lot of people are unhappy about the New York Post's 'Civil War' front page on the Dallas shootings

Jim Edwards

The New York Post made a big call Friday morning with its front page declaring that Thursday night's sniper-style shootings of several Dallas police officers was a "Civil War." The standoff continued into Friday morning as the police pinned down a resistant lone gunman in the heart of the city. Five police officers have died so far out of 11 who were shot.

The situation is messy, chaotic, fluid, and unresolved. Authorities still don't know the full toll or how many people were involved in the sniper plot.

Yet the Post delivered this instant verdict:

New York Post

(New York Post)

The front page produced a largely negative reaction from Twitter users:

Twitter users responding directly to the Post's tweet of its front page were almost universal in their condemnation of the headline.

The police standoff continued into Friday morning.

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