JUST IN: Dallas shooter identified; Here’s what we know…

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We now know the identity of at least one of the shooters who took aim at police officers last night in Dallas. But even as we learn more about one of the shooters — including his declaration of his intent to “kill white people” — some are already trying to distance him from black supremacist and activist organizations.

Via The Daily Mail:

The man who shot 12 police officers, killing five, at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas on Thursday night has been named as Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old Army reservist with no criminal history or ties to terror groups.

Johnson, from Mesquite, Texas, a 20 minute drive from Dallas, reportedly told law enforcement that he was a veteran, and claimed to have acted alone, countering reports that as many as four gunmen were involved in the massacre.

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As we reported earlier, a ‘black power” group has separately claimed ‘credit’ for last nights’ massacre, though this has not been confirmed.

‘The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter. He said he was upset about the recent police shootings of black suspects. He said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,’ Dallas Police Chief David Brown revealed at a 7:30am press conference. wal

Around 11pm on Thursday, cops cornered Johnson at El Centro College and attempted to negotiate, but four hours later the talks failed and a robot was brought in to detonate a bomb and kill the suspect. This was after shots had rung out at a previously peaceful protest in downtown Dallas with demonstrators screaming and running for their lives as cops dropped dead one by one. 

Two other suspects were taken into custody after fleeing the scene in a black Mercedes. An officer saw one of the pair hurriedly putting a camouflage bag in the back of the car before driving off ‘at a high rate of speed’.

A female, who was in the same area as Johnson, was also taken custody, however Brown said: ‘We still don’t have complete comfort that we have all the suspects.’ 

Johnson reportedly fired from an ‘elevated position’, picking off officers ‘ambush style,’  Police Chief David Brown said, suggesting that the shooter had some tactical background. ‘Some officers were shot in the back,’ he added.

Army officials said Johnson was a soldier in the reserves and had served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Pictures on Facebook suggest that Johnson’s father, James, was also in the military.  While he professed a hatred for white people in his last words to a hostage negotiator, it appears his step-mother was white. Donna Ferrier Johnson, a teacher for Dallas schools, proudly shared pictures of her step-son in uniform to her page.

Nevertheless, Johnson’s activity online suggest he became interested with black militant groups. On Facebook, he identified himself as a black nationalist, and his profile picture shows him wearing a dashiki and holding a clenched first in the air like a Black Panther member. 

He also liked pages for several pages related to the Nation of Islam, the Black Riders Liberation Party, the New Black Panther Party and the African american Defense League. 

Interestingly, The New York Times is reporting that “investigators have not turned up any evidence that he had ties to the Black Lives Matter movement or to political groups. The official said that Justice officials have reached out to the Pentagon to obtain Mr. Johnson’s military records.”

Somehow, one gets the impression the focus seems to be on his military experience — while already beginning to distance him from possible inspiration by radical black activist groups. Sorry for being skeptical, but one has to wonder where this is headed… guns bad, military bad, but hateful anti-cop, anti-white rhetoric has nothing to do with this?

Whether or not Mr. Johnson was formally affiliated with the likes of Black Lives Matter, it would appear that his social media profile warrants further investigation on this front. We cannot ignore the influence amped-up racially-divisive, anti-police rhetoric in this country is having on this the violence against our men and women in blue in this country.

How is it when Donald Trump says something controversial, he’s decried for “hateful rhetoric” that could potentially cause problems — but these black supremacist organizations are just A-OK?

[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]


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