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- Outside Dallas, three officers have either been shot or shot at today. In Ballwin, Missouri, an officer was shot in the neck during a routine traffic stop. The apprehended suspect is described as a black male. A reporter for Fox 2 St. Louis was told the last time an officer was shot in Ballwin was nearly thirty years ago. In Roswell, Georgia, suspect Victor Alonzo Mejia Nunez (pictured below) shot at, but missed, white police officer Brian McKenzie in a drive-by shooting. In Valdosta, Georgia, white police officer Randall Hancock was shot multiple times one minute after he arrived at an apartment complex in response to a call about damaged property. The perp was shot several times but has not been identified.
- A group called the Black Power Political Organization is claiming responsibility for the Dallas attack–and promising other attacks–on its Facebook account.
The group has previously called for “action” in response to police shootings of blacks:
- The Los Angeles Times, citing two law enforcement officials, identifies the shooter who had the standoff with police in Dallas as 25-year-old Micah X. Johnson (pictured below). Police say Johnson “did some of the shooting,” but perhaps not all. The Army says he served in the Army Reserve for six years and had a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. A friend who was in his platoon said, “When [Johnson] came back from Afghanistan, he got in touch with some bad folks and went all Black Panther.” Johnson was killed when police detonated a bomb-wielding robot.
- Two civilians were shot in addition to the dozen officers.
- Three of the murdered police officers have been identified as Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, and Michael Krol. Thompson just married a fellow officer two weeks ago. Zamarripa was the married father of a 2-year-old daughter. He served three tours of duty in Iraq. Krol’s brother-in-law says he was “a big guy and had a big heart, and he was a really caring person and wanted to help people.”
— Patrick Zamarripa (@PatrickEZ01) December 16, 2013
- At a press conference, Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters, “The suspect [Micah Johnson] said he was upset at white people. The suspect said he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
- Donald Trump has released a statement on the murders:
Last night’s horrific execution-style shootings of 12 Dallas law enforcement officers–five of whom were killed and seven wounded- is an attack on our country. It is a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.
We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street.
The senseless, tragic deaths of two people in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done.
This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day.
Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children.
This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.
- Some blacks are celebrating the killings on Twitter. Tweets without proper formatting have been deleted.
Micah Xavier Johnson is a hero in my book!
— Black Lives Matter (@Jazzy_Belle__) July 8, 2016
Micah Xavier Johnson. I don’t agree with the whole situation. But we appreciate you and your courage. Fly high
— Chanti (@chant_jones) July 8, 2016
Put them pigs in a blanket ??? #Dallas
— G (@ItsaGthaang) July 8, 2016
They killed 6 pigs?? in Dallas ?????
— ♠Øpb J ♠️ (@jarred_harris24) July 8, 2016
Pigs Gettin Peter Rolled Left & Right In Dallas ????
— Ray Billy (@dutchmaster_ray) July 8, 2016
- In this video, police arrest a black man in camouflage pants. It’s unclear whether he’s a rowdy protester or a suspect in the shootings. During the arrest, an onlooker yells, “Don’t shoot him. Don’t kill that boy.” Another girl appears to say repeatedly, “Your ancestors are proud of you.” One man says, “Fuck the police.”