By: Matthew Mantzouranis
“We’re not perfect. There’s cops that don’t need to be cops. I have been the first to say, we need to separate employment with those types of cops – 1% or 2%. The 98% or 99% of cops come to work, do this job, come to work for 40 grand. It’s not sustainable.”
– Dallas Police Chief, David Brown
On July 7-8, 2016, a massive shooting took place in Dallas, Texas. The shooter and Black Lives Matter activist, Micah Xavier Johnson, shot 12 police officers leaving 5 of them killed and 7 wounded in between 8:58 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. In addition to that, 2 civilians were also wounded as a result of the shooting. Micah used a Saiga semi-automatic rifle, and a handgun to carry out the shooting.
Who was Micah Xavier Johnson (1991-2016)?
Micah was an Army Reserve in the War in Afghanistan (2001-14). He was on active duty in between September of 2013 until April of 2015 (his discharge). He held the rank of Private First Class and achieved qualification of basic U.S. rifles such as an M16 rifle and an M4 carbine. As a result of his military experience and rifle proficiency, he knew how to orchestrate the attacks. Johnson stated that his intentions were “to kill white people, especially white police officers.”
In May of 2014, he allegedly sexually harassed a female soldier – who “sought a restraining order against him and said that he needed mental health counseling.” Johnson’s lawyer recommended him to accept a lesser charge and as a result, Johnson was honourably discharged in September of 2014.
Was Johnson planning a larger attack?
Dallas Police Chief, David Brown believes that Johnson was planning a much larger attack than what he had in mind. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Brown explained that “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.” Black Lives Matter believes that every single shooting that involves a white police officer and an African-American victim is a racist crime – even though that is clearly not the case as one can see here. But since Johnson believed that all white police officers and white people in general are to blame for instances of police brutality against African-Americans, he wanted to orchestrate revenge on innocent whites.
While police officers were attempting to negotiate with Johnson – for 2 hours – during the attacks, Johnson allegedly revealed additional information about the attack. According to Brown – during the attempted negotiations – Johnson was “playing games, laughing at us, singing, asking how many [police officers] did he get and that he wanted to kill some more and that there were bombs there.” So in addition to the fact that Johnson shot a total of 16 people – police officers and civilians included – Johnson wanted to harm more police officers, especially with a bomb that he allegedly deployed.
Police Robot kills Johnson
Many experts believe that this was the first time in U.S. history that a police robot was used to kill a criminal. The police used the Remotec Model F-5 – a bomb disposal remote-controlled vehicle – to kill Johnson. Brown explained that he did not want his officers to further jeopardize their lives. He defended his decision to use the robot by saying that “I appreciate critics but they’re not on the ground, and their lives are not at risk.” Hence, to keep members of his police department safe, he successfully sent the robot to kill Johnson.
In conclusion, I would encourage citizens all over the world to support their police officers. Many police officers risk their lives every single day and make only about $40,000 to show for it. Why apply and work for a job that pays very little? Because these officers want to make the streets a safer place for their citizens because ALL LIVES MATTER.