We continue to learn more about the man police now believe was the sole shooter of 12 Dallas police officers last night — killing five and wounding seven others. During an hours-long negotiation with police, the former Army reservist with social media ties to black militant groups declared he “wanted to kill white people.” He also informed police they would be finding improvised explosive devices throughout downtown Dallas.Thankfully, explosives have not been discovered downtown; however, an arsenal of bomb-making materials and firearms has been discovered in the shooter’s home.
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During a search of Micah Xavier Johnson’s home, detectives found bomb making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition, and a personal journal of combat tactics, the Dallas Police Department reported late Friday.
As the law enforcement community reeled from its deadliest day since 9/11, a troubling portrait emerged of Johnson, 25, who was blown up by a police robot early Friday morning. One friend who served in his platoon during a tour in Afghanistan said Johnson changed after he came home.“When he came back from Afghanistan, he got in touch with some bad folks and went all Black Panther,” the man, who asked not to be identified, told FoxNews.com.
Johnson, who is believed to be from the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, confirmed his racial rage to police as he was holed up in the El Centro College parking garage in downtown Dallas.
“The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Friday morning. “He was upset about recent police shootings. He was upset with white people.“He wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers,” Brown added. “The suspect said he was upset at white people.”
Although a group calling itself the Black Power Political Organization claimed on its Facebook page that it was behind the attack, and that “more assassinations are coming,” Brown said Johnson told police he was “not affiliated” with any group.
Still, Johnson, who wore a dashiki and held a fist aloft on his Facebook page, had a temper and owned “a lot of guns,” according to the friend.According to a senior U.S. defense official, Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Army reserves in 2009 and rose to the rank of private first class. He had one deployment to Afghanistan from November, 2013 to July of 2014. Upon returning, he remained an inactive reserve until May, 2015, when he was honorably discharged.
The picture that continues to emerge of this man who killed five police officers and wounded seven others reveals nothing short of a terrorist. Though he may have been inspired by a kind of terror separate from the likes of ISIS — such as that espoused by black supremacist groups — he is a terrorist nonetheless. As we shared earlier (via The Daily Mail):
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.
Of course, authorities and the media are already trying to make clear he was “not affiliated” with any group. Regardless, it appears increasingly undeniable that he was inspired by a racially-charged, hateful ideology that festers within our own borders, with the apparent support of our very own administration.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]