Dallas police confirm that they have received “an anonymous threat against law enforcement across the city” and have taken “precautionary measures to heighten security.” The Dallas Morning News reported that police headquarters were on lockdown and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) officers were dispatch.
There was no immediate report of any violence.
The latest development comes only days after five Dallas police officers were fatally shot and seven others wounded during a protest over the deaths of black men killed by police this week in Louisiana and Minnesota. The is the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“We do not feel supported most days,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said. “Let’s not make this most days.”
The cop-killer has been identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25. A senior official at the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Army reserves in 2009. He was to Afghanistan once from November, 2013 to July of 2014, but rose only to the rank of private first class. He was inactive reserve until May, 2015, when he was honorably discharged.
“The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter,” Chief Brown said. “He was upset about recent police shootings. He was upset with white people. He wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers. The suspect said he was upset at white people.”
A search of the residence belonging to Mr. Johnson uncovered bomb making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition, and a personal journal of combat tactics. The Dallas Police Department reported late Friday Johnson, who shot and killed five Dallas police officers, told them he “wanted to kill white people.” Detectives are in the process of analyzing the information contained in the suspect’s journal.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said at a press conference that authorities believed Johnson was “the lone shooter, a mobile shooter” with “written manifestos about how to shoot and move.”
Even though the police publicly stated Johnson told them he was not with any particular group, the Black Power Political Organization claimed on its Facebook page that it was responsible for the attack. The page has since been removed, but not before it was archived. A post claimed “more assassinations are coming” and made several startling statements.
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The White House Friday night said Johnson, 25, was not affiliated with a terrorist organization. However, Dallas police said the suspect’s personal Facebook page included the following names and information of interest to them: Fahed Hassen, Richard Griffin a.k.a. Professor Griff, Griffin embraces and teaches a radical form of Afrocentrism and wrote a radical book entitled, “A Warriors Tapestry.”