Micah Johnson a mentally ill U.S. Army veteran, targeted Dallas police and random Caucasian people at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas Texas late Thursday night.
Black Lives Matter related violence continued today when a Tennessee assassin targeted white victims killing one person and injuring four others, including a police officer; all white people.
Dallas Police and agents with the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms are still looking for improvised explosive devices that Johnson claims others and him planted in several undisclosed Dallas locations.
Micah Johnson Said he wanted to “kill white people”
During an hours long standoff with police following the shooting, Johnson, a 25 year old black male, repeatedly said he “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown. He also expressed sympathy with Black Lives Matter, a terrorist movement advocating against racial profiling of black men by law enforcement, but said he “was not affiliated with any groups.”
Johnson served in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2009, when he was 19, and was deployed to Afghanistan as a member of the 420th Engineer Brigade in November 2013, the Army confirmed. He specialized in carpentry and masonry. His service ended in April 2015. He received several awards for his service.
Went to high school in Mesquite, TX
Johnson’s parents divorced in 1996, when he was four. His mother lives in Mesquite and has worked at a church in DeSoto, according to public records; her ex-husband lives in Garland. He graduated in 2009 from John Horn High School in Mesquite, where he participated in JROTC, the high school level officer training program, according to the school district.
A friend and former coworker of Johnson’s described him as a gun owner who “was always distrustful of the police.” Caitlyn Lennon, 27, said she worked with Johnson at Jimmy John’s on Campbell Rd. in Richardson. The owner of the sandwich shop said Johnson left in 2012.
Lennon said Johnson was open about his gun ownership, and that she had seen both long guns and handguns he owned.
No criminal record
Interestingly Micah Johnson does not have a criminal record in Dallas, Collin or Kaufman counties, according to online records searches. A law enforcement official told CNN that he had no known terror ties. However contrary to CNN’s report, the Las Angeles Times reports that Johnson joined several groups that made allusions to the Black Panther Party, including a group called the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, named for the black power group’s co-founder.
The group, which was founded last year to fight police brutality, teaches its members self-defense and conducts what it calls “armed patrols” through neighborhoods where the police have killed black men. “We’d never seen him and we don’t know him,” member Erick Khafre said in a telephone interview with Get Off The Bs. “The gun club isn’t affiliated with him in any way.”