Micah Xavier Johnson, the Dallas shooter that killed five police officers, and wounded seven more, as well as two civilians during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest last Thursday, was delusional, scrawled messages in his own blood on the walls of the parking garage where he was hiding out, and had plans for something much larger, said Dallas Police Chief David Brown.
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In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Chief Brown spoke at length about the incident between Dallas shooter Micah Johnson, and police officers at the peaceful protest Thursday night, saying that they believed Johnson was delusional, and believed what he was doing was “righteous.” After reading through some “rambling” journals discovered at Johnson’s residence, Chief Brown also said it was clear to them that the Dallas shooter had plans for an even bigger incident targeting white police officers.
“We’re convinced that this suspect had other plans and thought that what he was doing was righteous and believed that he was going to target law enforcement — make us pay for what he sees as law enforcement’s efforts to punish people of color.”
Officers also found cryptic messages written in what they believe to be Johnson’s blood, scrawled on the walls of the parking garage where the shooter was hiding out — and was ultimately killed — during the standoff. One of the messages contained only the initials “RB,” though law enforcement has yet to decipher the meaning behind those letters.
Other messages written in the Dallas shooter’s blood were also found in the El Centro building where Johnson was stationed — and where police detonated the bomb that ended the standoff — but what those messages said has not been released to the public yet.
“At the scene where he was killed, he wrote some lettering in blood on the walls, which leads us to believe he was wounded on the way up the stairwell, on the second floor of the El Centro building and where we detonated the device to end the standoff there was more lettering written in his own blood.”
Chief Brown also discussed with Tapper his highly criticized decision to use an explosives-carrying robotic device to end the fatal Dallas standoff, saying that he doesn’t lend much credence to keyboard warriors who condemn a decision that they weren’t a part of, from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
“You have to trust your people to make the calls… to save their lives. We believe that we saved lives by making this decision… I appreciate critics, but they’re not on the ground, their lives are not being put at risk by debating what tactics to take.”
According to the Washington Post, police negotiations with Dallas shooter Micah Thompson lasted two hours, said Chief Brown, during which time Johnson allegedly mocked officers, laughing and singing, asking “how many did I get?” and indicating that he wanted to kill more. Johnson, who was an army veteran who served in Afghanistan, also refused to speak to white officers, saying he would only negotiate with an African American law enforcement official.
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Chief Brown also told Tapper that along with the difficult to decipher, “rambling” journal discovered at Micah Johnson’s residence, investigators also found bomb-making substances, and other materials that would suggest he had practiced detonations in his home, which officials took to mean he was preparing to take on much larger targets than just officers at a peaceful protest.
Investigators are still working to decipher the messages scrawled in Dallas shooter Micah Johnson’s blood on the walls of the parking garage where he took aim at officers, in the hopes that they will give some insight into the motives of the 25-year-old man who once fought for his country.
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