The man who police now say was the lone actor in the deadliest single night for police in the United States since 9/11 had all the makings of a terrorist in his home, say Dallas police.
Micah Xavier Johnson, who stated his support for Black Lives Matter as one of the reasons for his murderous rampage, is now deceased, killed by police after killing police. Johnson was a member of a Facebook group that promoted the killing of police officers.
A search of his home revealed the extent of his planning to do just that, and perhaps shows that he intended to survive, escape, and attack again. Among the items found in his home were materials for making bombs, “AK-47-type” rifles, ammunition, bullet proof vests, and even a “personal journal of combat tactics.” Dallas police chief David Brown stated for the record this morning that Jones told them he “wanted to kill white people,” and it seems clear he plannd to do so in as big a way as possible.
From the Wall Street Journal:
“The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter. He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” Chief Brown said.
Police added that Mr. Johnson had no criminal record and that “others have identified him as a loner.”
Two civilians were also wounded in the shootings, which broke out in downtown Dallas Thursday night during a protest sparked by the fatal shootings of black men by police in Louisiana, and Minnesota.
On Friday morning, Dallas police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents searched a two-story beige brick home where Mr. Johnson lived with his mother, neighbors said.
Not merely a murderer and an assassin, but a fledgling terrorist plotting his terrors. A former soldier executing uniformed, armed protectors. It is the ultimate betrayal. And despite his latching on to a protest movement, it is clear that injustice was not what he hated, it is what he dealt in. His anger came from within, not from without. He betrayed his service and his country, he betrayed his community and his city, and he betrayed a peaceful protest by bringing death and horror into its midst.
A truly evil, unjust, indefensible, hideous act of terror. And it seems clear he meant it only to be the beginning.