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AntiBank

(1,339 posts)
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 11:03 AM Jul 2016

Micah Xavier Johnson identified as Dallas police shooting suspect

Source: The Independent UK

A suspect involved in the Dallas police shooting has been named by US media sources as Micah Xavier Johnson.

Both the Los Angeles Times and CBS News are reporting Johnson, 25, is the shooter. He allegedly has no known criminal history or links to terror groups.

Five police officers were killed and seven injured after at least one sniper opened fire on police during a Black Lives Matter protest.

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that, during a lengthy standoff with police, the suspect - who he did not name - said he "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers".

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/micah-x-johnson-xavier-dallas-police-shooting-shooter-identity-suspect-arrested-no-terror-links-a7127361.html



Micah X. Johnson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

http://heavy.com/news/2016/07/micah-xavier-x-johnson-dallas-police-shooting-sniper-gunman-shooter-suspect-name-identified-photos-facebook-video/

After the shootings in downtown Dallas, the gunman, identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, holed himself up inside the El Centro College building in the downtown area of the city, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said at a press conference.

He told police he was “not affiliated with any groups,” and he said he “did this alone,” the chief said.

Sources told the Los Angeles Times that Johnson has no ties to terror groups and no known criminal history. He has lived in the Dallas area and has family members living in Mesquite, Texas, east of Dallas, the newspaper reports, citing federal law enforcement sources.

The suspect told police he was a U.S. Army Veteran, CBS News reports.

He told police negotiators the “end is coming” and said he wanted to “kill more” officers, according to Brown.

Police said after several hours of negotiating and shooting at the officers, the suspect was killed by a bomb-wielding robot.


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Micah Xavier Johnson identified as Dallas police shooting suspect (Original Post) AntiBank Jul 2016 OP
He learned to shoot well that is for sure. riversedge Jul 2016 #1
Oh boy... ansible Jul 2016 #2
Pretty much, yeah. christx30 Jul 2016 #4
There are two ways forward. Igel Jul 2016 #10
He made it too easy for them. Yukari Yakumo Jul 2016 #23
Holy Shit, Professor Griff? maxsolomon Jul 2016 #11
he has tweeted to let people know he does NOT know this deranged killer Skittles Jul 2016 #31
He came out with the quickness! And rightfully so NWCorona Jul 2016 #35
Good Lord, this guy is like a RW stereptype of Black Seperatist extremist. Odin2005 Jul 2016 #18
So, was he the only sniper? morningfog Jul 2016 #3
I highly doubt it AntiBank Jul 2016 #5
Good question. What happened to "triangulating" and ambush GreatGazoo Jul 2016 #6
so now it was a lone gunman? Fast Walker 52 Jul 2016 #16
I don't think any definitive statements supporting your premise have been made. LanternWaste Jul 2016 #20
they have now Fast Walker 52 Jul 2016 #36
They're still calling the people being held flamingdem Jul 2016 #7
CNN showing ariel footage of neighborhood TexasMommaWithAHat Jul 2016 #8
Post removed Post removed Jul 2016 #9
So does open carry of weapons and the massive push of arming America 10 fold rladdi Jul 2016 #12
I'm not a fan of open carry TeddyR Jul 2016 #19
Yet the man open carrying sarisataka Jul 2016 #22
I had that thought too. christx30 Jul 2016 #26
Just another legal gun owner. nt onehandle Jul 2016 #13
just another gun humping nutcase Skittles Jul 2016 #30
A former veteran? romanic Jul 2016 #14
Racism kills FLPanhandle Jul 2016 #15
The Drumpfists are going to have a field day with this. Odin2005 Jul 2016 #17
US Army Veteran.. that says it all... olddad56 Jul 2016 #21
Any evidence that he had PTSD? The only evidence so far is he was a virulent racist. 7962 Jul 2016 #24
+1 FLPanhandle Jul 2016 #25
not all people with PTSD are potential shooters, in fact very few... olddad56 Jul 2016 #28
I wasn't insulting anyone, you made that connection on your own. olddad56 Jul 2016 #29
By immediately diagnosing him with PTSD, you were. 7962 Jul 2016 #32
fuck that guy Demonaut Jul 2016 #27
Well, THAT was right to the point! nt 7962 Jul 2016 #33
One man, one of 'our own' dealt out all that death? why did police 'have to' kill him? Sunlei Jul 2016 #34

christx30

(6,241 posts)
4. Pretty much, yeah.
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 11:33 AM
Jul 2016

This plays right into the most unflattering (and racist) things the right says about the left, BLM, ect.
Cops are going to have an even more heightened sense of the "us against them" that is the cause of so many deaths. "Of course I shot first! Look at what happened in Dallas!"
I don't know what Johnson was trying to accomplish, but his actions are 100% unhelpful at building peace in this country. This is going to divide people even more.

Igel

(35,780 posts)
10. There are two ways forward.
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 12:11 PM
Jul 2016

The first is confrontational, where each group fights and kicks and screams for self-validating concessions. "Look what we managed to force the _______________ to do."

The second is introspective, where each group looks inward to see exactly how they've dehumanized and produced more fear and distrust of the other group.

I mean, I've already read a post here whining that the police killed the suspect who was armed, killed some cops already, said wanted to kill more cops, and was barricaded in. He deserved a trial to show he was guilty, and the police were racist and wrong to end the situation that way. We built that kind of hate, brick by brick.

Sadly, introspection can be derailed by this kind of thing because it requires placidity, not outrage. Introspection requires two paths of reasoning--the first is to examine distrust and why we have the distrust. The second is to examine why the other side's distrust exists and where we might have contributed to it. We usually think of the "proper" course as them trying to work out why we distrust them and our trying to work out why we're distrustful and what they can do to fix it. It's all their fault, in other words. Some concern last night over the Dallas shooting was precisely to this point: If the shooter was a black man, crap--it's hard to hold this POV and it changes the narrative. It's distracting from the real issues, but the only real issues are our issues.

Yukari Yakumo

(3,013 posts)
23. He made it too easy for them.
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 02:08 PM
Jul 2016

Particularly for BLM since it seems like he was drunk off of their "All Police are Evil" rhetoric (see also: Toronto Gay Pride Parade incident). Any moral high ground from the Sterling shooting is not just gone, but completely obliterated and then some.

Skittles

(155,080 posts)
31. he has tweeted to let people know he does NOT know this deranged killer
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 11:29 PM
Jul 2016

celebrities get their pictures taken a lot

Odin2005

(53,521 posts)
18. Good Lord, this guy is like a RW stereptype of Black Seperatist extremist.
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 01:12 PM
Jul 2016

Complete with believing "Afrocentrist" pseudo-history.

GreatGazoo

(3,937 posts)
6. Good question. What happened to "triangulating" and ambush
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 11:41 AM
Jul 2016

with multiple angles of fire? Was there "friendly fire" in the confusion?

 

LanternWaste

(37,748 posts)
20. I don't think any definitive statements supporting your premise have been made.
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 01:28 PM
Jul 2016

I don't think any definitive statements supporting your premise have been made. I haven't seen any organization rule out one or more shooters being involved.

flamingdem

(39,729 posts)
7. They're still calling the people being held
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 11:51 AM
Jul 2016

suspects. They're not cooperating.

Still, it always seems to end up being one lone gunman in his 20s. And, the neighbors are always shocked, he was quiet, a bit of a loner, as they're saying in Mesquite where he lived with his mom.

TexasMommaWithAHat

(3,212 posts)
8. CNN showing ariel footage of neighborhood
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 11:52 AM
Jul 2016

where he lived with his mother in Mesquite; it's a very nice neighborhood with 1 and 2 story brick homes.

I can't imagine what his mother is going through.

Response to AntiBank (Original post)

rladdi

(581 posts)
12. So does open carry of weapons and the massive push of arming America 10 fold
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 12:18 PM
Jul 2016

really make up safe? Does American law enforcement actually agree or approve of open carry of guns? Does it really make them more safe?

 

TeddyR

(2,493 posts)
19. I'm not a fan of open carry
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 01:24 PM
Jul 2016

Or hugely opposed either. That said it can cause confusion as evidenced by the tweet Dallas police sent looking for the open carry guy from the protest.

sarisataka

(19,663 posts)
22. Yet the man open carrying
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 02:01 PM
Jul 2016

Was located. He peacefully turned his rifle over to the police. No one was shot in the process. Somehow they were able to tell the good guy, who happened to be black, from the bad guy.

I agree with you about open carry, I am not greatly opposed to it but I think it is not worth the anxiety it causes.

christx30

(6,241 posts)
26. I had that thought too.
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 02:20 PM
Jul 2016

During the situation last night as I was walking home, my thinking was, "Texas is an open carry state. I can't imagine any way that more non-uniformed people in downtown Dallas could make anything better."
"Yee haw, officer! We're here to help!"

romanic

(2,841 posts)
14. A former veteran?
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 01:00 PM
Jul 2016

Make sense. He had to have had a military mind to pull off a military style killing. So tragic.

Hate, anger, prejudice, and a rifle...led to this.

ETA: Not attacking former vets btw, I know there are many who have served this country and have acclimated back into society unlike this murderous racist sob. Still it's a sad testament to how our country treats vets when they come back home, mental health and PTSD are real issues!

olddad56

(5,732 posts)
21. US Army Veteran.. that says it all...
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 01:44 PM
Jul 2016

another government trained killer who came home with PTSD. Thanks to the Bush crime family for more collateral damage from your illegal invasions.

My heart goes out to his victims, their families, and the family of this man.

 

7962

(11,841 posts)
24. Any evidence that he had PTSD? The only evidence so far is he was a virulent racist.
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 02:09 PM
Jul 2016

Until we know more, dont insult the people who deal with PTSD every day without harming anyone.

FLPanhandle

(7,107 posts)
25. +1
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 02:13 PM
Jul 2016

There is no evidence presented the killer had PTSD.

Most with PTSD are not to be painted as potential shooters.

olddad56

(5,732 posts)
28. not all people with PTSD are potential shooters, in fact very few...
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 10:22 PM
Jul 2016

but many veteran with experience in war zones that commit homicides and suicides do suffer from PTSD. We may never know if this particular veteran had PTSD and if that influenced his thought process. At this point there is no evidence that this person did or didn't have PTSD. And many, many people who have PTSD are never diagnosed, or are misdiagnosed with something else.

I don't think any normal person that participates or witnesses a war is ever the same. And each are affected to varying degrees.

I know how being in Vietnam effected me and I was never in any ground combat situation. Most of the people that I am still in contact with from my time there have been diagnosed with PTSD, and some form of cancer. My purple heart Vietnam vet brother-in-law went almost 45 years before ever having any of the common symptoms of PTSD. He happened to be watching a documentary about Vietnam a few years ago and it brought back so many repressed memories that he started having nightmares, guilt, anger, etc.

It surely didn't help this shooter that he was in the Army in Afghanistan.

Fuck war.

 

7962

(11,841 posts)
32. By immediately diagnosing him with PTSD, you were.
Sat Jul 9, 2016, 07:17 AM
Jul 2016

Oh, military veteran, he's got PTSD. Yeah, you WERE insulting those who do deal with it by instantly jumping to that conclusion.
Why not conclude that the guy was a racist, based on his own statements.

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