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‘I cried today’: Cuba Gooding Jr had special connection to slain Dallas cop

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Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is known for being friendly to law enforcement and it turns out that he had a connection to one of the five cops killed Thursday in Dallas.

A video-photographer asked the actor Friday if he had any words for the family of Patrick Zamarripa.

A five-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department and father of a 2-year-old girl, Zamarripa was one of five officers killed by a black man sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement.   He was a Navy veteran who survived three tours in Iraq, only to be gunned down in his own country for being white.

“I cried today when I heard that,” an emotional Gooding Jr. said as he clasped his hands. “I cried, that’s all I’m saying.”

Not only had Gooding Jr. met Zamarripa, but he posed for a picture with the officer and his partner back in February.

“The great @cubagoodingjr. Thanx for taking the pic with my partner and I. Hope your stay in #Dallas was great sir!” the now-deceased officer (center) tweeted.

Tom Tillison

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