WATCH: Texas Lieutenant Governor says protesters were "hypocrites" for running from shooter

Dan Patrick was speaking in the wake of the death of five police officers in Dallas

Dan Patrick, Texas, governor,

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Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick hit out at protesters on Friday in the wake of shootings in Dallas which claimed the lives of five police officers.

Protests were sparked after the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, who were shot by police officers earlier this week. Gunman Micah Xavier Johnson then attacked police and protesters on Thursday, as hundreds of people gathered to protest over the fatal police shootings.

Speaking on Fox News, Patrick told host of the show Outnumbered, Harris Faulkner that "we've always had bad people , we've always had dangerous people, but the general public respected the police. Too many in the general public who aren't criminals, but have a big mouth, are creating situations like we saw last night."

"All those protesters last night," continued Patrick, "they ran the other way expecting the men and women in blue to turn around and protect them. What hypocrites."

The Lt. Governor went on to say that he blames previous Black Lives Matter protests and figures involved in the movement for the violence.

Patrick added that he understands and defends that people have a right, as enshrined in the constitution, to free speech, "but you can't go out on social media and mainstream media and say that the police are racist, that the police are hateful, that the police are killers."

Via Uproxx