Last night, shots were fired at Dallas police officers. Four members of the Dallas Police Department and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer were killed. The Dallas shooting happened during a peaceful protest.
The crowd was upset over police shootings in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis earlier in the week. Similar gatherings took place in other cities around the country.
At first, it was believed that the Dallas shooting involved multiple shooters firing at the police from elevated positions. However, today it was revealed that there was only one sniper. His name: Micah Johnson.
Dallas Shooting Sniper
The Washington Post reports that during a standoff with police, Johnson told them that he was upset by the recent police shootings. He reportedly said that, “he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.” He also said that bombs were planted downtown, though none were ever found.
Dallas police eventually killed Johnson by detonating a bomb-equipped robot after negotiations with him broke down.
Johnson single-handedly caused the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001. His killing spree may have inspired other police shootings that happened today in Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri. One officer was wounded in Valdosta, Georgia and another is in critical condition in St. Louis.
Johnson is a former Army soldier who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013. Dallas Police found “bomb making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics” at his home.
In a strange, ironic twist, the officers who lost their lives in Dallas were protecting a crowd that had gathered to protest them. This could only happen in the United States, where citizens have the right to gather peaceably. It speaks to the professionalism of police throughout our country that they would protect those who protest against them.
Such protests could never happen in many other countries around the world where similar freedoms do not exist.
While we don’t agree with any unlawful actions that some officers might take, we do support the vast majority of hard working members of the law enforcement community. They have a tough job to do every day and it seems like it is only getting more difficult.