Dallas shooting led to the horror of the whole country. It was 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson who killed five policemen and injured eight police officers. The tragedy occurred on the night of July 8, 2016. Read the article to get the details.
Dallas riots started after a black US citizen was shot dead in Louisiana. The incident, which caused a wide resonance in Louisiana, occurred on Tuesday, July 5 in Baton Rouge. Someone called the police and reported that an unknown person had threatened people with weapons. According to police, it was a 37-year-old Alton Sterling, who traded CDs on the street. The video captures the moment when the police pressed the black man to the ground and repeatedly shoot him for several times.
According to the shop owner, which works near Sterling disks, there was no weapon in the hands of African American. However, he saw that one of the officers later took out of his pocket something similar to a weapon.
On Thursday, July 7, the police shot dead a black man in Minnesota.
This tragedy took place just in two hours after the US Department of Justice announced the initiation of an investigation of Elton Sterling murder in Louisiana. Therefore, numerous protests immediately started in many of the US states.
The tragedy happened on the night of July 8, 2016. As a result of Dallas pd shooting five policemen was killed, ten were injured.
The fourth gunman, suspected in the shooting, was killed in Dallas. Three suspects in the shooting were detained earlier.
The fourth gunman was locked in the parking lot. The police department states that Dallas shooting was planned very carefully in advance.
It was not a spontaneous action.
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Who was the gunman Micah Xavier Johnson?
The shooting of police officers in Dallas was executed by 25-year-old US Army reservist Micah Xavier Johnson, who previously served in Afghanistan.
Johnson had been serving in engineering team in Texas from March 2009 to April 2015 as a carpenter and builder. From November 2013 to July 2014 he participated in the military operation in Afghanistan.
On July 2, in the group Black Panther Party Mississippi in Facebook Johnson published a post, in which he criticized the white people for the mistreatment of African Americans. The photograph, which he published on Facebook, captured him with his closed fist raised. This is a classic symbol of Black Power radical movement.
The US police reported that they had found materials for the manufacture of explosives, personal journal of combat tactics, rifles and body armor in Xavier Johnson`s house.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said that Micah Xavier Johnson, who shot the police officer during a peaceful protest in Dallas, acted alone. “We believe, based on the facts available today, that Mr. Johnson was the only gunman in the incident,” said Rawlins. The mayor also added that after Johnson`s death citizens security is not threatened.
The mayor told that Johnson had a chance to surrender, but he refused. The police decided to eliminate him only after unsuccessful negotiations. “He was given a choice to surrender peacefully, and we spent a lot of time in negotiations. He had a choice – surrender or stay. He chose death," concluded the mayor. As a result, the police eliminated an attacker on City College parking lot with a bomb, which was brought by a special robot.
At the same time, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton noted that it was too early to draw final conclusions about the fact that Dallas gunman had no accomplices.
Every year in the United States several hundred people are killed by police. According to statistics, most of the dead are African Americans. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund announced that this attack on the police was the largest in the United States since September 11, 2001. On that day 15 years ago 72 officers were killed during terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.