I AM ALL ABOUT GETTING JUSTICE, BUT I DO NOT AGREE TO STOOPING DOWN TO THE LEVEL OF OTHER IGNORANT POLICE OFFICERS WHO TAKES THEIR BADGES AND GUNS TO USE AS A FORCE OF POWER. SHOOTING THEM JUST MAKES US AS MUCH OF AN ANIMAL AS THEY ARE. WE ARE SMARTER, STRONGER, AND BRAVER THAN THEY WILL EVER BE. THEY THINK KILLING US WILL MAKE AMERICA BETTER, BUT THEY DON’T REALIZE THAT THEY ARE THE CORRUPTION. SO AGAIN, DO NOT STOOP DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL. TRYING TO KILLED THESE COPS WILL ONLY PROVE THEM RIGHT, INSTEAD RISE ABOVE AND BEAT THEM INTELLECTUALLY. THEY WILL NEVER SEE IT COMING. PLUS, THERE ARE SOME GOOD COPS OUT THERE, LET PRAISE THOSE THAT STAND UP FOR US! WE ARE NOT ANIMALS, WE ARE SMARTER!
[Breaking news alert, posted at 11:29 a.m. ET Friday]The dead gunman in the Dallas ambush that left five officers dead has been identified as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, Texas, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation told CNN. Johnson had no criminal record or known terror ties, a law enforcement official said.
Johnson had served in the U.S. Army Reserve, two U.S. officials said.A neighbor said there are police cars outside Johnson’s home. Wayne Bynoe, the neighbor, told CNN that Johnson lived with his mother and “keeps to himself.”
[Previous story, posted at 10:30 a.m. ET Friday]A suspect in a deadly police ambush in Dallas told negotiators that he was upset about recent police shootings, that he wanted to kill white people — especially white officers — and that he acted alone, the city’s police chief told reporters Friday.Police killed the suspect with an explosive device after a standoff that lasted for hours, Chief David Brown said.“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” Brown said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
Five police officers were killed and seven others were injured in the ambush, which began during a protest over police violence Thursday night, officials have said. It was the deadliest single incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001. Two civilians also were injured in the shootings, the Dallas mayor’s office said.The deadly gunfire erupted in Dallas as videos showing two African-American men shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota spurred protests and debate over police use of force across the country.The Dallas police chief told reporters it’s too soon to speculate on the suspect’s motives, and it’s unclear whether more suspects are on the loose.“We’re hurting. Our profession is hurting. There are no words to describe the atrocity that happened in our city,” he said. “All I know is that this must stop — this divisiveness between our police and our citizens.”
The attackWitnesses said protesters were marching peacefully in downtown Dallas when the gunfire started Thursday night.G.J. McCarthy said he thought it was fireworks at first. Then the bangs got louder, he said, and protesters realized it was gunfire. Crowds ran into a parking garage, and spilled out after word spread a sniper was nearby.“Everyone was screaming, people were running,” said witness Clarissa Myles. “I saw at least probably 30 shots go off.”
Police have said at least two snipers fired “ambush-style” from an “elevated position.” Then police exchanged gunfire and negotiated with a suspect for hours at a parking garage in downtown Dallas.Before authorities killed him with an explosive, the suspect told negotiators more officers were going to get hurt, and that bombs had been planted all over downtown.Police found no explosives during sweeps of the area, Dallas police Maj. Max Geron said Friday morning on Twitter.President Barack Obama, who is in Warsaw, Poland, said his team is keeping him updated. “We still don’t know all the facts, we do know there’s been a vicious, calculated and despicable act on law enforcement,” Obama said. “I believe I speak for every American when I say we are horrified.”
The victimsPolice have said at least 10 officers were shot by a sniper, and that one officer was shot in a shootout at the parking garage. It’s not clear where the 12th officer was shot.Most of the injured officers have been released from the hospital, Brown told reporters. Their conditions are improving, Brown said, calling for the community to support them.“We don’t feel much support most days. Let’s not make today most days,” Brown said. “Please, we need your support to be able to protect you from men like these, who carried out this tragic, tragic event.Officers killed include one officer with DART, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit agency, which operates buses and commuter rail in the city and surrounding suburbs.
DART identified that officer as Brent Thompson, 43. He joined the transit agency in 2009, and was its first officer killed in the line of duty, DART tweeted.Thompson got married two weeks ago to a fellow transit officer, DART police Chief James Spiller told CNN’s “New Day” on Friday.
The suspectsBrown said an investigation into the ambush continues. He would not say how authorities believe others in custody are connected to the shooting.Previously, authorities had said three people were in custody, and that multiple shooters were involved in the attack.
“I’m not going to be satisfied until we’ve turned over every stone. We’ve got some level that this one suspect did do some of the shooting. But we’re not satisfied that we’ve exhausted every lead,” he said. “So if there’s someone out there who’s associated with this, we will find you, we will prosecute you, and we will bring you to justice.”Asked about the gunman’s motive, Brown declined to speculate.“We can’t get into the head of a person that would do something like this. We negotiated with this person that seemed lucid during the negotiation. He wanted to kill officers, and he expressed killing white people, he expressed killing white officers, he expressed anger for Black Lives Matter. None of that makes sense,” Brown said. “None of that is a reason, a legitimate reason, to do harm to anyone. So the rest of it would just be speculating on what his motivations were. We just know what he said.”Retired FBI Special Agent Steve Moore said an attack of that magnitude required advance work.“This was an attack planned long before — waiting for an opportunity to go,” Moore said. “I think there was so much logistically, ammunition-wise. They may not have planned the location, they may not have planned the vantage point. But they had prepared for an attack before last night’s shooting is my guess.”