Beyond the social media trend of #BlackLivesMatter, #StopKillingBlack and the likes, one man who felt more should be done to protest the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile has paid the ultimate price for carrying out the Dallas shooting which killed five police officers and injured seven more.
The Dallas shooting was carried out by just one man, not four as speculated, and 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson, an Army reservist, was the man. He mentioned that he wanted to kill white people, ‘especially white officers’ and after failed negotiation, he was blown up by the police.
Want to find out more about Johnson, and his reasons?
- Johnson is from Mesquite, Texas
- There were no criminal record or terror groups associated to his past
- He carried out the shooting alone from an elevated hideout
- He had bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics at his home
- Johnson’s father, James, was also in the military
- Police has been searching for his mother, Delphene Johnson, a Mesquite, whose black SUV was found in his house.
- A robot was brought in to detonate a bomb that killed Johnson
- He was wearing a body armor when he was killed
- Johnson associated with the Nation of Islam, the Black Riders Liberation Party, the New Black Panther Party and the African American Defense League
- Johnson was deployed to Afghanistan in November 2013 and returned in July 2014
- He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal during his service
- He loved to play Basketball with his friends near Johnson’s suburban Dallas house
- The identities of the officers killed are: Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens and Michael J. Smith of Dallas police department and Brent Thompson, a DART police officer
- The Black Lives Matter group has dissociated itself from Johnson’s attack
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