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Was Micah X. Johnson REALLY Acting Alone?

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COMMENT: Filtering the news accounts of the tragedy in Dallas, we have more questions than answers. For some time, we have been afraid that long-standing, lethal  police brutality toward African-Americans and the Black Lives Matter could provide a combustible mix in this troubled, wounded nation.

Although Micah Johnson was apparently moving up and down stairs to effect multiple sniper posts, the numerous accounts of other gunmen generating “triangulated fire” do not strike us as being satisfactorily dismissed by Johnson’s vertical mobility.

Subsequent accounts of other snipers turning out to be armed protesters at what was described as a “peaceful” protest strike us as inadequate as well.

With Louis Farrakhan having called for blood, with jihadists being recruited for combat as proxy warriors in the Caucasus and Syria, among other places, with long-standing interface between Farrakhan and white supremacist elements, with white supremacists having enthusiastically embraced Donald Trump, we are of the opinion that other angles should be explored here.

We should also remember that Nazis and white supremacists have long advocated the acquisition of “specialized knowledge and abilities” by infiltrating military and law enforcement organizations.

We observed in past posts that Warren Hinckle reported that Al Sharpton [allegedly] worked for the CIA in Grenada. (The allegation was not sourced, although it appeared in a major daily, the now-defunct San Francisco Examiner.) It is a matter of public record that Sharpton has worked as an FBI informant.

We noted Sharpton’s unsavory presence at the forefront of most events involving the African-American community, including Black Lives Matter.

In that context, we were apprehensive about the possibility that BLM could be infiltrated and exploited to inflame racial tensions in the U.S. 

There is a history in this country of exploiting “black militants” for the purposes of provocation. (AFA #23 covers this at great length.)

There are eerie parallels to the JFK assassination, which took place in the same area:

  • The “lone nut shooter” is killed, despite his loquaciousness.
  • Two other suspects are in custody, and are not being “cooperative.”
  • There was triangulated fire.
  • The attack took place blocks from Dealy Plaza.
  • Victims were taken to Parkland Hospital.

Might there be more to this than we have been told?

Certainly, this is heating things up on the race relations front, and will benefit the Trumpenkampfverbande.

Again, we stress EMPHATICALLY that we have more questions than answers at this point. The journalistic accounts to date do not strike us as providing a complete explanation for what has happened.

“Who Was Michah Johnson? Everything We Know About the Attack” by Robina Sabur; The Daily Telegraph [UK]; 7/08/2016.

. . . . A female neighbour characterised Johnson as laid back, but said he kept a number of guns in his home, some of which were stolen in a break in one year ago. . . .

. . . . Five police officers were killed and another seven injured when snipers opened fire on them from rooftops in Dallas at a protest on Thursday evening. . . .

. . . . One sniper, thought to be Micah Johnson, has been killed while exchanging gunfire with authorities at a parking garage in Dallas, while two other suspects are in custody. Police officers surrounded a car park near El Centro College where an armed man was firing off rounds with a rifle. . . .

. . . . Police chief Brown said the hostage negotiator did “an excellent job getting the suspect to talk” but a police bomb robot was detonated close to the shooter who died as a result. . . .

. . . . Though police said the gunman professed to be acting alone, three suspects are in custody.

Police said were questioning two occupants of a Mercedes they had pulled over after the vehicle sped off on a downtown street with a man who threw a camouflaged bag inside the back of the car. One woman was taken into custody in the parking garage where the standoff occurred.

Mayor Mike Rawlings said earlier the suspects were “not being very cooperative.” . . .

. . . . The area is only a few blocks away from Dealey Plaza, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Some of the injured officers were taken to Parkland Hospital. . . .

. . . . Police chief Brown told how the attackers  “triangulated” in the downtown area where the protesters were marching and had “some knowledge of the route” they would take.

Authorities have not determined whether any protesters were involved with or were complicit in the attack and were not certain early Friday that all suspects have been located, Brown said. . . .

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion

10 comments for “Was Micah X. Johnson REALLY Acting Alone?”

  1. I too noticed the quick pivot from ‘several shooters from elevated positions’ to ‘lone gunman’. Cell phone video shows him on ground level in front of a building and he apparently ended his attack in a parking structure.
    None of this makes sense on it’s face, but does seem to fit a definite pattern with similar mass shootings — ex-military being a frequent commonality that sits foremost in my mind.
    It’s a developing story, but take note of the stark contrast between early eyewitness reports, and later ‘official’ proclamations.

    Posted by KalKanChowder | July 9, 2016, 7:14 am
  2. Posted by Bob In Portland | July 9, 2016, 7:20 am
  3. @Kalkanchowder–

    Again, I stress that I have more questions than answers.

    Some internet sources are stressing how irresponsible the Dallas Police Department was in its disclosures on the incident.

    Perhaps they were, I can’t say.

    Still, the official version does not pass the “sniffs test.”

    Read the above excerpts from the article carefully.

    Now, the reports of triangulated fire are being dismissed as echoes from surrounding buildings.

    Again, perhaps they were, but the other detainees, the people who sped off in a Mercedes after throwing a camouflage bag into the back of the car are not explained by echoes.

    The demonstrators were, by all accounts, peaceful. Although Texas is an “open carry” state, bring weapons to an event of this type appears highly foolish and I am not satisfied by the accounts provided.

    The other “persons of interest” are now being characterized as demonstrators who were armed and/or carrying ammunition.

    Again, I don’t find this explanation satisfactory.

    Also: with regard to echoes–sound travels relatively slowly. Note how long thunder follows a lightning flash, depending on the proximity of the lightning.

    I have not heard an audio recording of the shooting. That might be interesting.

    Police would have a greater familiarity with gunshot reports and resulting echoes than a lay person.

    One last note: in this country’s major assassinations, JFK, MLK and RFK, we have seen “street-level” Nazis and white supremacists being used at the operational level of these events.

    Certainly, this event will benefit the Trumpenkampfverbande and their ilk.

    Was that actually the intent from the beginning?

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | July 9, 2016, 2:46 pm
  4. One thing to note regarding the armed protestors at the rally is that Mark Hughes, the open-carry activist who was initially identified as a suspect, was videoed handing his gun over to the police right when the shooting started, and clearly wasn’t involved with the shooting. But as the article below notes, the Mayor stated that when the shooting broke out there were about 20 openly armed people at the protest. So it will be interesting to learn if the three “uncooperative” people who were detained as suspects but later deemed to be uninvolved were among those 20 open-carry people. And given the number of armed people at the protests, it’s a reminder of one of the dangers of open-carry laws in a large crowd that never really gets mentioned: shooters might be able to somewhat camouflage themselves simply by attempting to dress and look like one of the innocent people open-carrying.

    The article below, which described the bomb-making equipment and arsenal found at his home, also points out another aspect of the shooter’s background that simultaneously lends credibility to the theory that he would have at least been physically capable of single-handedly “triangulating” his shots from multiple locations and elevations but is still really bizarre: He left a manifesto. But it wasn’t a political manifesto. It was a manifesto about techniques for shooting and moving during ground combat:

    CBS News

    Dallas gunman amassed personal arsenal at suburban home

    July 9, 2016, 7:30 AM

    Last Updated Jul 9, 2016 2:50 PM EDT

    DALLAS — An Army veteran killed by Dallas police after he fatally shot five officers amassed a personal arsenal at his suburban home, including bomb-making materials, bulletproof vests, rifles, ammunition and a journal of combat tactics, authorities said Friday.

    The man identified as 25-year-old Micah Johnson told authorities he was upset about the fatal police shootings of two black men earlier this week and wanted to exterminate whites, “especially white officers,” officials said.

    Law enforcement sources believe Johnson had been planning the attack on police for some time but that it was the police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Minnesota that pushed him over the edge, CBS News homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues reports.

    CBS News has learned that investigators believe Johnson was building his arsenal over the last two years. He was stockpiling guns and gathering the elements to build explosives. Investigators said he had accumulated chemical and electronic precursors to building explosives along with PVC piping.

    “This was a mobile shooter that had written manifestos on how to shoot and move, shoot and move, and he did that,” Mayor Mike Rawlings told reporters. “He did his damage, but we did damage to him as well.”

    Pegues reports those are skills he may have picked up during a six-year military career.

    In September 2013, Johnson was activated to serve in the 420th Engineer Brigade in Afghanistan, Pegues reports. He went through basic training, where he would have had to qualify on an M-16 or M-4, which are basic rifles carried by soldiers.

    He was killed by a robot-delivered bomb after the shootings, which marked the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In all, 12 officers were shot.

    In Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee, authorities said gun-wielding civilians also shot officers in individual attacks that came after the black men were killed in Louisiana and Minnesota. Two officers were wounded, one critically.

    President Obama and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked for the public’s prayers. In a letter posted online Friday, Abbott said “every life matters” and urged Texans to come together.

    “In the end,” he wrote, “evil always fails.”

    Johnson was a private first class from the Dallas suburb of Mesquite with a specialty in carpentry and masonry. He served in the Army Reserve for six years starting in 2009 and did one tour in Afghanistan from November 2013 to July 2014, the military said.

    A military lawyer says Johnson was accused of sexual harassment by a female soldier when he served in the Army in Afghanistan in May 2014. Lawyer Bradford Glendening, who represented Johnson, said Johnson was sent back to the U.S. with the recommendation he be removed from the Army with an “other than honorable” discharge.

    Glendening said Johnson was set to be removed from the Army in September 2014 because of the incident. Instead, Johnson got an honorable discharge the following April – for reasons Gardening doesn’t understand.

    After the attack, he tried to take refuge in a college campus building and exchanged gunfire with police, the police said.

    The suspect described his motive during negotiations and said he acted alone and was not affiliated with any groups, Police Chief David Brown said.

    On Saturday, CBS News learned that investigators have found no links between Johnson and violent extremist groups, either foreign or domestic.

    Johnson was black. Law enforcement officials didn’t disclose the race of the dead officers.

    The bloodshed unfolded just a few blocks from where President John F. Kennedy was slain in 1963.

    The shooting began Thursday evening while hundreds of people were gathered to protest the killings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. Brown told reporters that snipers fired “ambush-style” on the officers. Two civilians were also wounded.

    Authorities initially blamed multiple “snipers” for Thursday’s attack, and at one point said three suspects were in custody. But by Friday afternoon, all attention focused on Johnson, and state and federal officials said the entire attack appeared to be the work of a single gunman.

    With the lone shooter dead, Rawlings declared that the city was safe and “we can move on to healing.” He said the gunman wore a protective vest and used an AR-15 rifle, a weapon similar to the one fired last month in the attack on an Orlando, Florida, nightclub that killed 49 people.

    When the gunfire began, the mayor said, about 20 people in the crowd were carrying rifles and wearing protective equipment. That raised early concerns that they might have been involved. But after conducting interviews, investigators concluded all the shots came from the same attacker.

    In Washington, the nation’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, called for calm, saying the recent violence can’t be allowed to “precipitate a new normal.”

    Lynch said protesters concerned about killings by police should not be discouraged “by those who use your lawful actions as a cover for their heinous violence.”

    The other attacks on police included a Georgia man who authorities said called 911 to report a break-in, then ambushed the officer who came to investigate. That sparked a shootout in which both the officer and suspect were wounded but expected to survive.

    In suburban St. Louis, a motorist shot an officer at least once as the officer walked back to his car during a traffic stop, police said. The officer was hospitalized in critical condition.

    And in Tennessee, a man accused of shooting indiscriminately at passing cars and police on a highway told investigators he was angry about police violence against African-Americans, authorities said.

    The Dallas shootings occurred in an area of hotels, restaurants, businesses and some residential apartments only a few blocks from Dealey Plaza, the landmark made famous by the Kennedy assassination.

    The scene was chaotic, with officers with automatic rifles on the street corners.

    Marcus Carter, 33, was in the area when people started running toward him, yelling about gunshots. Carter said the first shot sounded like a firecracker. But then they proceeded in quick succession, with brief pauses between spurts of gunfire.

    “It was breaks in the fire,” he said. “It was a single shot and then after that single shot it was a brief pause. And then it was boom boom boom boom boom! Pause. Boom boom boom boom boom!”

    Video posted on social media appeared to show a gunman at ground level exchanging fire with a police officer who was then felled.

    “”This was a mobile shooter that had written manifestos on how to shoot and move, shoot and move, and he did that,” Mayor Mike Rawlings told reporters. “He did his damage, but we did damage to him as well.””

    Given the fact that a single shooter being held responsible for triangulated multi-elevation shots in a short time frame, just blocks away from Dealey Plaza, it’s hard to avoid the obvious connection to the “magic bullet” of JFK’s assassination. It’s the “magic shooter”!

    And yet, you almost couldn’t come up with a more plausible background for a real life “magic shooter” than a guy who wrote a manifesto (it sounds like it was more like an extensive journal) about how to “shoot and move”. And note that his neighbors reportedly saw him practicing military maneuvers in his backyard. In terms of parsing the sequence of events, as far as politically oriented domestic terror attacks go this one is a doozy. It’s simultaneously bizarre yet plausible.

    In terms of the motives, one major possible factor that’s emerging as the investigation into his background unfolds is the possibility of some sort of mental illness. The guy was only 25, so he was at the prime age for something like schizophrenia manifesting itself. And his reported claims that “the end in coming” point towards some sort of religious fervor, although who knows. Based on the following report, friends say he wasn’t known to be particularly political, but did “Like” groups like the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party, which was founded in Dallas. Since the guy was characterized as a “loner”, there presumably aren’t too many friends to interview about his personality, but at a minimum, he appears to have been gravitating towards Black separatist politics. Based on his statements to negotiators that he wanted to specifically kill police officers, it seems that he was almost try to pull of a Black separatist version of Dylann Roof’s slaughter in Charleston, SC. If he was indeed experiencing an emerging mental illness, influences like the Nation of Islam would have been particularly unhelpful.

    Also note that, according to the article below, the fact that he was discharged from the army at all 2014 over a sexual harassment charge suggest that whatever harassment he was engaging in was particularly severe. Normally soldiers are sent to counseling for something like that. So while it’s difficult to infer too much about the shooter’s mental state from something like a sexual harassment charge, in terms of speculating about what role influences like Black separatist politics could have played in radicalizing the guy, it does appear he was already losing his grip on his emotions a few years ago and has been stockpiling an arsenal for the last two years. And this was while he was keeping his extensive combat tactics journal.

    So while the recent police killings in Minnesota and Louisiana may have been the match that set this guy off, the kind of murderous rage that erupted in Dallas has been building for a while:

    CBS News

    Army sent Dallas sniper home from Afghanistan

    July 9, 2016, 9:54 AM
    Last Updated Jul 9, 2016 2:49 PM EDT

    MESQUITE, Texas — The Dallas sniper had been sent home from Afghanistan after being accused of sexually harassing a female, and was described as a loner who followed black militant groups on social media.

    Micah Xavier Johnson, who fatally shot five officers and wounded seven more before police killed him with a remote-controlled bomb on Friday, lived with family members in the blue-collar suburb of Mesquite, where he played basketball for hours at a time.

    Friends there said the 25-year-old black man didn’t seem interested in politics, but his Facebook page suggests otherwise: He “liked” black militant groups including the African American Defense League and the New Black Panther Party, which was founded in Dallas.

    His photo showed him wearing a dashiki and raising his fist over the words “Black Power,” and his cover shot carried the red, black and green Pan-African flag.

    CBS News homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues reports that on the Facebook page of the Black Panther Party of Mississippi Johnson posted a graphic video of dolphins being slaughtered, and what he wrote suggested a hatred for whites: “Why do so many whites (not all) enjoy killing and participating in the death of innocent beings?”

    Law enforcement sources believe Johnson had been planning the attack on police for some time but that it was the police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Minnesota that pushed him over the edge, Pegues reports.

    “This was a mobile shooter that had written manifestos on how to shoot and move, shoot and move, and he did that,” Mayor Mike Rawlings told reporters. “He did his damage, but we did damage to him as well.”

    Pegues reports those are skills he may have picked up during a six-year military career.

    In September 2013, Johnson was activated to serve in the 420th Engineer Brigade in Afghanistan, Pegues reports. He went through basic training, where he would have had to qualify on an M-16 or M-4, which are basic rifles carried by soldiers.

    Starting in 2009, Johnson served in the Army Reserve as a private first class with a specialty in carpentry and masonry, the military said.

    In May 2014, six months into his Afghanistan tour, he was accused of sexual harassment by a female soldier. The Army sent him stateside, recommending an “other than honorable discharge,” said Bradford Glendening, the military lawyer who represented him.

    That recommendation was “highly unusual,” Bradford said, since counseling is usually ordered before more drastic steps are taken.

    “In his case, it was apparently so egregious, it was not just the act itself,” Glendening told The Associated Press. “I’m sure that this guy was the black sheep of his unit.”

    According to a court filing Glendening read over the phone Friday, the victim said she wanted Johnson to “receive mental help,” while also seeking a protective order to keep him away from her and her family, wherever they went. Johnson was ordered to avoid all contact with her.

    Glendening said Johnson was set to be removed from the Army in September 2014 because of the incident, but instead got an honorable discharge months later – for reasons he can’t understand.

    “Someone really screwed up,” he said. “But to my client’s benefit.”

    When authorities searched Johnson’s home Friday they found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition, and a personal journal of combat tactics.

    CBS News has learned that investigators believe Johnson was building his arsenal over the last two years. He was stockpiling guns and gathering the elements to build explosives. Investigators said he had accumulated chemical and electronic precursors to building explosives along with PVC piping.

    Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said Johnson told negotiators before he was killed that he was acting alone and was unaffiliated with any group.

    On Saturday, CBS News learned that investigators have found no links between Johnson and violent extremist groups, either foreign or domestic.

    The chief said Johnson cited the fatal shootings of black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota, which prompted the protest march in Dallas and many other cities.

    “The suspect said he was upset with white people and wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” Brown said.

    Activists with Black Lives Matter, whose peaceful march police were guarding as he opened fire, repudiated the shootings, and it wasn’t immediately clear if Johnson had any connection to the movement, which has disavowed violence.

    But one of the groups Johnson “liked” on Facebook, the African American Defense League, posted a message earlier in the week encouraging violence against police in response to the killing in Louisiana.

    “The Pig has shot and killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana! You and I know what we must do and I don’t mean marching, making a lot of noise, or attending conventions. We must ‘Rally The Troops!’ It is time to visit Louisiana and hold a barbeque.” The message was attributed to Dr. Mauricelm-Lei Millere, a leader in the organization.

    Another group Johnson “liked” was the New Black Panther Party, whose leaders have “long expressed virulently anti-white and anti-Semitic opinions,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    Johnson also “liked” the Nation of Islam and the Black Riders Liberation Party, which the center described as “hate groups.”

    Among Johnson’s other social media likes were groups that focus on the history and accomplishments of African-Americans, such as Black Love Matters, the Nubian Rootz Cultural Center, and I Love Black Archaeologist, a web series whose main character uses a time machine to visit famous black people.

    Johnson had no criminal history, according to authorities. Local court records show his parents were divorced in 1996.

    He was believed to have shared a two-story tan brick home in Mesquite with family members. He graduated from John Horn High School in Mesquite, where he was a ROTC member, school district officials said.

    Sharon Carter, who works in the district’s registrar’s office and lives near Johnson’s home, said she saw him occasionally wearing military fatigues as he left for Army reservist training, but never saw him armed.

    “They say he was standoffish in high school,” Carter said. “I never really spoke to him. He kept to himself.”

    A relative had praised Johnson on his birthday in 2014 as “definitely Army strong” on his Facebook page, calling him an “entertaining, loving, understanding, not to mention handsome friend, brother (and) son.”

    After Johnson was killed, a relative posted on her Facebook page, “I keep saying its not true…my eyes hurt from crying. Y him-? And why was he downtown.” She did not respond to Facebook messages.

    Friend Israel Cooper said Johnson went by “Xavier,” his middle name, had a “cool vibe,” wasn’t really political and seemed educated.

    Cooper said he and Johnson played basketball at a park near his home. “He would be out there for eight hours. Like it was his job. Just hoopin’,” he said.

    Cooper said that when he heard the suspect was Johnson, he “was in disbelief because he’s just not like a violent or rough dude.”

    “So I was, ‘Nah, it’s probably another Xavier somewhere, you know,'” Cooper said. “But then, with pictures on the internet and stuff, I’m like ‘OK.'”

    “According to a court filing Glendening read over the phone Friday, the victim said she wanted Johnson to “receive mental help,” while also seeking a protective order to keep him away from her and her family, wherever they went. Johnson was ordered to avoid all contact with her.”

    So it’s becoming increasingly clear that the guy at becoming emotionally unhinged in recent years and may have had a personality disorder, although it’s not obvious if he was fully delusional, like hearing voices. Given all that, the investigation into possible contact with Black extremist groups, and specifically other extremist, is going to be critical in terms of understanding both the intent (e.g. was this personal vengeance or intended as part of a broader “divide and conquer”/stoking the fires domestic terror attack) and whether or not he truly acted alone. Whether or not it does turn out he had outside help or guidance, the fact that he was immersing himself in Black extremist politics is a reminder that the organized white supremacy that helped shape and inspire someone like Dylann Roof doesn’t have a monopoly on demented dehumanizing racialist worldviews.

    It’s also a reminder that one of the biggest challenges facing any reform movement like Black Lives Matter is remaining open to all while preventing extremists from glomming on and trashing its reputation. As is typical of an attack of this nature, it looks like it’s doing the opposite of what the shooter wanted and actually helping to bridge the divide between police departments and activists. Let’s hope that remains the case.

    And if you think about, someone like Micah Johnson can potentially facilitate the conversation that needs to take place between law enforcement and African American communities simply by being someone that everyone can agree is the kind of dangerous nut that make becoming a police officer kind of a terrifying profession. As his background indicates, Micah Johnson was going off the rails with or without police violence becoming a national issue. And while the mentally ill are less likely to commit violent crimes than the general public, the abundance of heavy weaponry and advancing technology means that, even if we addressed all the systemic issues that’s plagued American society from its beginning, there’s always going to be heavily armed nuts and it’s the police get the job of dealing with it. And since the use of lethal force, and whether or not its being fairly applied to black communities or part of a national legacy of white supremacy, is central to so much of what the BLM movement is all about, having a possible black separatist with mental health issues, military training, and a personal weapons arsenal make a racist attack on white police officers who were there to protect BLM protestors is one of those events that has the possibility of reframing that debate in a useful manner simply by highlighting the fact that BLM and genuine police really are on the same side in the greater scheme of things. It’s just not always obvious in the heat of the debate. Racist or incompetent police who abuse their power is obviously difficult to tackle and figuring out how to facilitate their removal without demonizing and demoralizing departments remains a major challenge. But at the end of the day, genuine BLM activists and legitimate cops really do want the same thing: a society and justice system that works for everyone, regardless of race. And creating a society that works for everyone really is going to require a police force that has the job of doing things like facing armed madmen with growing access to increasingly heavy weaponry. Especially the kind of madmen like Micah X. Johnson and Dylann Roof who explicitly do not want a society that works for everyone. And while Johnson and Roof may have both chosen some of the worst ways possible to remind us all that the phrase “united we stand, divided we fall” is a basic principle of any functioning society and a constant struggle to maintain, they did remind us of that. It’s something we shouldn’t forget while calls for police reforms continue because it’s going to be a lot easier to deal with bad apples or systemic issues and get the policing reforms communities need when we’re simultaneously recognizing what a precious resource high quality policing really is for keeping a society united.

    In other words, we don’t just have to make policing work for everyone, the police and communities, because it’s the right thing to do. It’s also absolutely vital. We just got another horrible reminder of that.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | July 9, 2016, 3:32 pm
  5. One more thing to note about how the sequence of events and the possibility of multiple shooters: There’s a local KREM2 News report that contains a number of eyewitness interviews. Check out the video titled “Woman describes seeing sniper atop downtown building”, where she says she saw a man on top of a building and he fired 50 rounds. The reporter asks her if she was sure he was on top of the building and she says she’s positive.

    So if that account is accurate, it sounds like Johnson or someone else was definitely on top of a building at one point shooting into the crowd.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | July 9, 2016, 5:31 pm
  6. @Pterrafractyl–

    “Open-carry” certainly opens up numerous possibilities for having people “carrying openly” who could then take part in an attack.

    I listened to a couple of hours of the news feed the evening of the incident on the local CBS Radio all-news affiliate, and all the accounts were consistent with what is in the “Telegraph” article.

    Triangulated fire, multiple shooters, multiple “persons of interest” in custody.

    I awoke the following morning to news of a “lone nut.”

    Johnson moving up and down stairs might have permitted him to be on the roof. One wonders how familiar he was with the floor plan of the building in question and what sort of access he had to that building?

    Try getting into a downtown high-rise building in a city–commercial or residential. It isn’t all that easy to get in and get up to the roof.

    Not impossible, but not all that easy, particularly with a rifle.

    Moving up and down stairs, as Johnson apparently did, would not have accounted for triangulated fire, however.

    Again, police officers understand gunfire and echoes.

    The fact that Johnson very conveniently wrote down a document that would finger him as the lone perp is worth contemplating.

    I also wonder where his weapons that “were stolen” wound up?

    All in all, this does not pass the sniffs test.

    Yet again, I have more questions than answers, but the reportage does NOT answer those questions.

    When Black Lives Matter got going, I mentioned to friends that I thought it would ultimately escalate into something violent and racially polarizing, JUST in time for the election.

    And this with the nation’s first African-American President.

    And here we go.

    With “specialized knowledge and abilities” being acquired by Nazis and white supremacists (see the post and links in the article), networking between Nazis and white supremacists and black fascists such as Farrakhan et al, an explosive brew is at hand.

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | July 10, 2016, 5:48 pm
  7. http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/mark-hughes-right-bear-arms/
    “Yes, he had a rifle, but it is legal to openly carry rifles in Texas. And Hughes wasn’t the only person exercising that right. According to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, there were about 20 or 30 people at the protest with rifles, and all of them fled with the rest of the protesters when the shooting began. None of people toting rifles acted as vigilantes, but they still complicated matters for the police department, which then had to track them down as people of interest. That makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is how only Hughes’s pictures was shared on social media as a suspect.”

    As the article points out, why was Hughes the only person targeted as a suspect if there were other people carrying rifles? Why aren’t there pictures of these “20-30” people carrying guns? Where are the witnesses to corroborate police chief Brown’s assertion that there were “20-30” in the crowd carrying rifles? If there were other people carrying rifles, why weren’t they marching together with Hughes?

    Mark Hughes is the brother of Cory Hughes, one of the organizers of the march and was the first to be interviewed by TV news after the shooting.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-cleared-dallas-police-attack-hides-death-threats-article-1.2706608
    http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Rally-Organizer-Cory-Hughes-Talks-About-Scene_Dallas-Fort-Worth-385954661.html

    Posted by Mother Muckraker | July 13, 2016, 12:12 pm
  8. The Dallas Cop Killer and possible accomplices were affiliated with Nation of Islam.

    http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/07/08/news/islamic-connection-some-suspects-in-dallas-shooting-attended-south-dallas-mosque/1587.html

    Islamic Connection: Some Suspects in Dallas Shooting Sympathized with the Nation of Islam

    On July 7, 2016, five police officers were killed by sniper fire in Dallas, Texas. Six other officers and two civilians were wounded. A shooter fired at a protest against police killings in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. This is all generally known.

    It seems improbable that Black Lives Matter members would fire on a Black Lives Matter demonstration. And that is in fact, not what happened.

    Among the five suspects now in Dallas Police custody are self described “Islamic Americans” who attended a Nation of Islam mosque in the South Dallas area. It should be noted that the Nation of Islam itself is splintered into several groups. Louis Farrakhan, who took over the organization in 1981, subscribes to Dianetics and appears to have left Islam altogether. It’s ideology is barely recognizable as Islamic.

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings identified the shooter as Micah X. Johnson. “Micah X.” appears to have been named after Black Nationalist leader Malcolm X. a member of the Nation of Islam. “While in prison, Malcolm X became a member of the Nation of Islam, and after his parole in 1952, quickly rose to become one of the organization’s most influential leaders.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_X

    Johnson liked the Nation of Islam, African American Defense League, Black Riders Liberation Party, the New Black Panther Party, and other black nationalist groups on Facebook, and identified himself as a “Black Nationalist.” He wears a dashiki in his profile picture, and holds his fist in the air like a Black Panther. “Don’t let this white man tell you that violence is wrong,” tweeted Farrakhan about an hour before the Dallas shooting. Johnson was one of his thousands of Twitter followers.

    The night he died, Johnson told Police he was upset about recent police shootings and ‘wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.’ He is the only suspect Dallas police have publicly identified so far, and also the only dead suspect. He is also now identified as the only shooter (but not the only suspect).

    “We cornered one suspect and we tried to negotiate for several hours – negotiations broke down, we had an exchange of gunfire with the suspect,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said. “We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” he said.

    Using a robot to kill a sniper is a procedure never performed before by American police, but common in fighting Islamic insurgencies. In a tweet, defense expert Peter Singer noted that the MARCbot machine, which is designed to tackle bombs such as IEDs, has been used as a weapon in Iraq.

    At his Mesquite home, police found guns, bomb making materials, and a personal journal of combat tactics. He is described as a loner who spent six years in the Army Reserve, including a deployment to Afghanistan. Johnson had no prior criminal history. But he had clearly been planning a mass shooting for a long time.

    No recognized American Islamic leader publicly promotes violence, though some claim the Nation of Islam is an exception to that rule. However, members of this particular Mosque might reasonably have believed that they themselves were under attack.

    A tense, armed protest in front of a South Dallas mosque required Dallas police intervention one Saturday afternoon in April. It happened in front of the Nation of Islam mosque on April 3, 2016, according to CBS Dallas.

    Anti-Moslem demonstrators, dressed in fatigues and masks and most of them armed, were easily outnumbered approximately 10 to 1 by the mosque supporters, some of whom were also armed, reported CBS Dallas. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/anti-muslim-protest-in-dallas-features-fatigues-masks-lots-of-guns/

    Dozens of police officers stood in between the two groups and also on rooftops to ensure nothing more than words were exchanged.

    In a statement released before the April protest, the Dallas Police Department said, “The department is committed to protecting the Constitutional rights of all citizens and will make every effort to keep this protest peaceful.”

    The was no violence and no arrests. But the seeds of anger and dissent were sown.

    Militant Islam Reaches America is a book written by historian Daniel Pipes, published in 2002. It focuses on Islamic fundamentalism and Islamism, reflecting Pipes’ view that, as he said in 1995, “Unnoticed by most Westerners, war has been unilaterally declared on Europe and the United States.” The latest shooting in Dallas appears to have been a part of that war.

    Anti moslem protest in front of the Mosque on April 3.

    The protest was organized by the Next Generation Action Network after the killings of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively. It was one of several protests held across the U.S. on the night of July 7. Several hundred protesters were involved in the Dallas protest, and before the shooting occurred, no other incidents were reported and the event was peaceful.

    Belo Garden Park, the location where the protest began and near where the shooting occurred, was a popular gathering place for Black Lives Matter demonstrations, such as one held after the death of Sandra Bland at a Waller County, Texas, jail in 2015.

    The people firing on the Dallas police used another group’s protest event, to settle what they saw as an offense against their race and their religion.

    Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2016, 10:22 am
  9. This is a good article regarding the Nation of Islam from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Also notice the similarity of the relationship between White Supremacists and Black Supremacists in the Nation of Islam an in the Nazi Novel “Serpents Walk,” in which the Nazis who take over the U.S. align with a black nationalist/separatist called the Khalifa.

    https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/nation-islam

    Some of the highlights in the article include:

    “[T]he Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man. He wasn’t a great man for me as a black person, but he was a great German. Now, I’m not proud of Hitler’s evils against Jewish people, but that’s a matter of record. He raised Germany up from nothing. Well, in a sense you could say there’s a similarity in that we are raising our people up from nothing.”
    — Louis Farrakhan, radio interview, March 11, 1984

    Founded by a mysterious clothing salesman in the ghettoes of Detroit in 1930, NOI was considered an insignificant, if highly media-worthy, “‘voodoo sect” throughout much of the 1930s and 1940s.

    From the start, NOI was tightly organized, a fact most clearly seen in its creation of the elite “Fruit of Islam,” a group envisioned by Fard as a paramilitary wing to defend NOI against police attacks. In the 1940s, “messenger” Elijah Muhammad also began constructing what would later be considered the Nation’s “empire,” purchasing the group’s first bit of Michigan farmland in 1945 and founding businesses and educational ventures in several states that a decade later were valued in the millions.

    By 1959, Martin Luther King was warning of “a hate group arising in our midst that would preach the doctrine of black supremacy.”

    Malcolm X had a complete change of heart, denouncing the “sickness and madness” of the NOI’s racism and turning to Sunni Islam.)

    When Elijah Muhammad died in 1975, Farrakhan initially remained faithful to his son, Wallace Deen Muhammad (later Imam Warithuddin Muhammad) who succeeded him. But the younger Muhammad’s dismantling of the Nation’s material empire and his attempts to bring NOI into the fold of mainstream Islam ultimately alienated Farrakhan. In 1977, a rebellious Farrakhan, backed by a powerful enough base to pull it off, rejected the younger Muhammad and declared the creation of a “resurrected” NOI based on the original ideology of Elijah Muhammad.
    At the head of the new NOI, Farrakhan successfully rebuilt an empire. Aside from continuing NOI’s earlier educational and training programs, the reconstituted Nation embarked on economic self-sufficiency programs, creating bakeries, restaurants, fish markets and even a line of hair and skin care products. NOI also took on a series of initiatives including providing security for housing projects, reaching out to prison inmates, and creating programs for those suffering from HIV and AIDS. Most recently, it has worked to reach out to the world of hip-hop, engaging various artists in an attempt to entice to a younger generation of potential NOI members.

    Farrakhan’s racist venom continued, to the point that he was banned in 1986 from entering the United Kingdom, where officials cited concerns for racial harmony. He frequently reiterated the “dirty religion” theme along with references to the “so-called Jew” (arguing that the “true” Jews were black North Africans) and constant accusations of secret Jewish control of financial and political institutions. One of the most baseless attacks came in the form of a 1991 “study” ordered up by Farrakhan and written by NOI’s “Historical Research Department.” Entitled The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, the book uses isolated examples of Jewish merchants’ involvement in the purchase and ownership of slaves to place the onus of the slavery industry squarely on Jewish shoulders — a historical falsehood,

    While Jews remain the primary target of Farrakhan’s vitriol, he is also well known for bashing gay men and lesbians, Catholics and, of course, the white devils, whom he calls “potential humans … [who] haven’t evolved yet.” All of this has helped make him attractive to certain white supremacist groups who agree that the races must be separated. In its turn, NOI has come to view white supremacists as people who at least understand NOI’s program and could therefore become allies. {LIKE IN SERPENTS WALK}

    In one early instance, American Nazi Party boss George Lincoln Rockwell appeared at NOI’s 1962 Saviour’s Day Convention, christening Elijah Muhammad the Hitler of blacks. In another, Malcolm X, on departing from NOI in 1964, spoke of an Atlanta meeting (later corroborated by FBI records) between NOI and the Klan in an attempt to establish mutual working conditions. In more recent years, a yearning for racial separation has brought NOI other strange bedfellows. During the Jesse Jackson campaign, NOI was discovered by white “Third Positionists” (who espouse, among other things, radical racial separatism) in the extreme-right British National Front, some of whom developed friendly relationships with NOI officials in the late 1980s before suffering a backlash from the rank and file who could not understand their leadership’s cozy ties to American “niggers.” Similarly, American neo-Nazi and White Aryan Resistance founder Tom Metzger has praised NOI’s anti-Semitic rhetoric and has even donated a symbolic amount of money to the Nation.

    Just as disturbing has been Farrakhan’s willingness to tie himself to authoritarian and, in many cases, violently repressive foreign leaders for the sake of furthering black and Islamic administrations worldwide. These include Libyan dictator Muammar Ghadaffi, Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, and the now deceased General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan and Ugandan despot Idi Amin.

    More recently, Farrakhan has established a close relationship with the New Black Panther Party, which was led by former deputy Khalid Muhammad (who left NOI after his more volatile remarks were widely publicized) until Muhammad’s death in 2001. Openly racist and violently anti-Semitic, the New Panthers have been denounced by leading members of the original Black Panther Party — men like Bobby Seale — as “a racist hate group.” But that didn’t stop Farrakhan from inviting current New Panther boss Malik Zulu Shabazz to co-convene NOI’s 2005 Millions More March, marking the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March.

    Ashahed Muhammad, a prominent NOI member and author of Synagogue of Satan, a book advertised on NOI’s website that alleges, once again, a Jewish conspiracy to control the federal government. Muhammad runs the Truth Establishment Institute website, which, alongside Synagogue of Satan and The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, offers works by the likes of Mark Weber, a former member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance and the long-time leader of the Holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review.

    Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2016, 10:28 am
  10. This article mentions that Eugene Gavin Long who murdered three Police Officers in Baton Rouge. He was a former member of Nation of Islam and he also was a Sovereign citizen. He also dressed in black outfit during his daytime assault. The article does not speculate if the blackshirt and clothing is the color of ISIS. He was in Dallas shortly after the shooting. There were early reports of people seen changing out of black clothing shortly after the shooting. Were there accomplices?

    He shared picture of a black man shooting a police officer in his squad car on Twitter on July 7 – the same day Army veteran Micah Johnson killed five police officers amid a Black Lives Matter protest.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3694441/Masked-gunman-shoots-multiple-cops-Baton-Rouge-two-weeks-video-officers-killing-Alton-Sterling-dead-provoked-outrage.html

    Some of the key quotes from the article include:

    Ex-Marine sergeant turned lifestyle guru called for black people to ‘fight back, through bloodshed’ just days before ambushing and murdering three Baton Rouge cops on his 29th birthday

    The gunman who shot dead three police officers and wounded another three in Baton Rouge has been revealed as an egotistical former Marine who later became a lifestyle guru and used the Internet to urge black people to ‘fight back through bloodshed.’

    Gavin Eugene Long, 29, of Kansas City, Missouri, to Louisiana, opened fire on officers after police were called to a gas station on Airline Highway at around 8.30am on Sunday – his 29th birthday.

    Long did not lure the officers to their deaths, as previous reports stated, but ambushed them after a member of the public called 911, Louisiana State Police’s Col. Mike Edmonson said.

    However, authorities believe Long had been in Baton Rouge for six days and knew that cops frequented the gas station where the shooting occurred, police sources told Fox News.

    Officers had responded to the scene to reports of a masked man, dressed all in black and wielding an AR-15 type assault rifle.

    After shooting dead Montrell Jackson, 32, Matthew Gerald, 41, and Brad Garafola, 45; and wounding Nicholas Tullier, 41, Bruce Simmons, 51, and a third unidentified officer, 41, Long was pursued to the nearby B-Quik convenience store, where he was shot dead.

    Long’s body was found next door, outside of a fitness center, authorities said.

    Since then, it has emerged that the shooter was a former Marine, who was honorably discharged in 2010 after achieving the rank of sergeant.

    Long, who claimed to have once been a member of the Nation of Islam, also declared himself a ‘sovereign citizen’ – part of a movement that believes the government and police hold no authority over them.

    In a 2011 bulletin, the FBI said it ‘considers sovereign-citizen extremists as comprising a domestic terrorist movement’ and called the group a ‘growing domestic threat to law enforcement.’

    After leaving the Marines, Long became a life coach and self-styled ‘Alpha-preneur’ with a massive online presence. On his website, he described himself as a ‘freedom strategist, mental game coach, nutritionist, author and spiritual advisor.’

    Using the pseudonym ‘Cosmo Setepenra,’ a delusional Long used YouTube, Instagram and podcasts to share his warped manifesto with the world.

    He was angered by the shooting of black men by police officers and shared a gruesome picture of a black man shooting a police officer in his squad car on Twitter on July 7 – the same day Army veteran Micah Johnson killed five police officers amid a Black Lives Matter protest.

    In recent YouTube videos, he ranted about ‘crackers’ – a derogatory term for white people – and spoke about Alton Sterling’s death. ‘If I would have been there with Alton — clap,’ Long said in a video posted last Thursday, the Daily Caller reports.

    Long also appears to have been in Dallas a short time after the shootings there and appears to have uploaded a video from the Texas city advocating violent protests by African Americans.

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    Eugene Gavin Long, who turned 29 today, has been identified as the man who shot three police officers dead and wounded three more, one of whom is in critical condition, in Baton Rouge

    Long is a former Marine sergeant turned lifestyle guru who went under the pseudonym of Cosmo Setepenra and uploaded podcasts advising followers on ‘how to be an Alpha male’ and the importance of ‘checking your woman’

    Long was shot dead in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning after ambushing police while wearing a mask and opening fire, killing three cops and wounding another three

    In the footage, shot before he traveled to Baton Rouge, Long said: ‘One hundred per cent of revolutions, victims fighting their oppressors, victims fighting their bullies, 100 per cent have been successful through fighting back, through bloodshed.

    ‘Zero have been successful by simply protesting. It has never worked and it never will. You’ve gotta fight back, that’s the only way a bully knows to quit. He doesn’t understand words.

    ‘If y’all wanna keep protesting but for the real ones, the serious ones, the alpha ones – we know what it’s going to take. It’s only fighting back or money. That’s all they care about. Revenue and blood. Nothing else.

    ‘Don’t even think about it. That’s why I don’t go to protests, because I know I speak well, I’m articulate, I can motivate, I can inspire, and those are the ones they arrest. So I know they’d try to arrest me and I know I would die right there because you’re not going to kidnap me.

    ‘That’s what (rebel slave) Nat Turner did. That’s what Malcolm (X) did. You’ve got to stand, you’ve got to stand on your rights.

    ‘Men, this is all for you. I don’t wanna see women at rallies and all that. I feel embarrassed by seeing that. Let me know what one of the elders were telling me in Africa.

    ‘When men would go out to fight the enemy, the one that would tell her man, if you come back here defeated, I’m killing you. You get what I’m saying. The man knew he couldn’t go home.

    ‘Either he killed his enemy or he die. Because the kid sees that – damn my daddy came home, he got his ass whooped. He just a b****. I’d rather have this m*********** die, at least this kid knows he stands for something’.

    On Twitter, Long shared his twisted views. His last tweet – posted hours before he ambushed police officers in Baton Rouge – said: ‘Just [because] you wake up every morning doesn’t mean that you’re living. And just [because] you shed your physical body doesn’t mean that you’re dead.’

    In a tweet posted a few days ago, Long wrote that ‘more white people believe in ghost [sic] than believe in racism.’

    And in another bizarre recent post, Long claimed Native Americans were extinct. He wrote: ‘Violence is not THE answer (its a answer), but at what point do you stand up so that your people don’t become the Native Americans…EXTINCT?’

    Long appears to have also regularly used Twitter to interact with black women and often sent them complimentary messages.But to one woman in June, he insisted he wasn’t ‘thirsty’ – a slang term for too eager or desperate – and told her he had been celibate for two years.

    On his website, Long claims to have lost 80lbs at the age of 16 after ‘self-educating’ about fitness, before spending five years in the Marines ‘as one of the Corps most physically fit recruits’, completing one tour of Iraq.

    Suspected cop shooter: ‘Don’t affiliate me with nothing’

    Long published podcasts detailing his views online, including one uploaded from Dallas which he visited at the time of the cop shootings, in which he says: ‘100 per cent of revolutions have been successful through bloodshed’

    Just hours before launching his attack on police in Baton Rouge, Long uploaded this prophetic message to his Twitter account

    Long shared a gruesome picture of a black man shooting a police officer in his squad car on Twitter on July 7 – the same day Army veteran Micah Johnson killed five police officers amid a Black Lives Matter protest

    According to military records, Long was a Marine from 2005 to 2010 and rose to the rank of sergeant. He served in Iraq from June 2008 to January 2009, and records show he received several medals during his military career, including one for good conduct.

    Long, who received an honorable discharge, was listed as a ‘data network specialist’ in the Marines.

    TIMELINE OF BATON ROUGE ATTACK

    Col. Mike Edmonson, of the Louisiana State Police, gave a timeline of the events related to the shooting death of three Baton Rouge law enforcement officials on Sunday:

    – 8:40 a.m. Baton Rouge police department officers at a convenience store observed the individual. He was wearing all black standing behind a beauty supply store holding a rifle.

    – 8:42 a.m. reports received of shots fired.

    – 8:44 a.m. reports received of officers down on the scene.

    – 8:45 a.m. reports received of more shots being fired.

    – 8:46 a.m. reports received of the suspect, again wearing all black and standing near a car wash located right next to the convenience store.

    – 8:48 a.m. emergency EMS units starting arriving at the scene.

    While stationed in California, he said he became ‘a highly esteemed and sought after nutritionist and personal trainer’ then attended Central Texas College and Clark Atlanta University before dropping out, selling all of his possessions and completing a trip around Africa, which he describes as his ‘ancestral homeland’.

    During the trip, Long claimed to have visited Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Egypt, while on Twitter claiming that he has an ‘Ethiopian Bloodline.’

    Long regularly uploaded podcasts under the name Cosmo in which he teaches followers how to become ‘Alpha males’, including advice on ‘checking your women’ and ‘the power of not giving a f***’.

    He also spoke with radio host Lance Scurvin, who is based in Florida, and had ranted about the death of Alton Sterling and police claims that the officers’ body cams had fallen off during the attack, saying that police should release the footage of the cameras falling off.

    In a separate video, Long revealed his previous involvement with a black power group, saying: ‘I wanted to let y’all know, because if anything happened to me – I’m an alpha male, I stand firm and I stand for mine, till the end, till the last day in this flesh.

    ‘Don’t affiliate me with nothing. Don’t affiliate me with the black business school. Yeah I was also a Nation of Islam member, I’m not affiliated with it. Don’t affiliate me with The Money Team.

    ‘I was a Christian, I was in Africa. Don’t try and say he was in Africa, don’t say he was this and that. They try to put you with ISIS or something like that. No, I’m affiliated with the spirit of justice, nothing else. Nothing more, nothing less. Make sure, there are no affiliations.

    ‘I thought my own thoughts, I made my own decisions, I’m the one who gotta listen to the judgement. And my heart is pure.’

    From posts on several conspiracy theory websites, it also appears he believed that he was a victim of ‘gang-stalking’, a form of intense surveillance that involves all aspects of a person’s life.

    Long told people on message boards that he was a ‘TI’ – meaning targeted individual – was was followed around the clock, saying he had taken to wearing cameras in order to expose those responsible.

    In 2011, shortly after leaving the military, Long divorced his wife Aireyona Hill, according to Missouri court filings, which said they did not have children.

    In a couple of bizarre recent tweets, Long claims more white people in ghosts than in racism and that Native Americans were extinct

    Long appears to have regularly used Twitter to interact with women and in one tweet in June claimed he had been celibate for two years

    It is not known whether Long, who was married but divorced back in 2011, had anyone else living in the apartment with him (pictured, a member of the US Marshal service stands guard near the property)

    Officers descended on an apartment linked with Long in Kansas City following the shooting, though it is unclear what was found inside

    The three dead police officers have also been identified as Montrell Jackson, 32, a new father and ten-year veteran of the force; Matthew Gerald, 41, a former Marine who joined the Baton Rouge police force a year ago, and Brad Garafola, 45, a married father-of-four who had worked for the sheriff’s office for 24 years.

    Nicholas Tullier, 41, an 18-year veteran, is still in hospital in critical condition, while 51-year-old Bruce Simmons, who had been with the department for 23 years, has been treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A third wounded officer, also aged 41, has not been named. All were married with families.

    Jackson, 32, who welcomed a son less than a year ago, celebrated his ten-year anniversary with the Baton Rouge Police Department just last month and was once injured helping to save a toddler from a burning building, The Advocate reports.

    Meanwhile, Gerald was a married father-of-two who was given the go-ahead to go on solo patrol duty just 12 days ago, the same day Alton Sterling was shot dead, according to Fox News 8 New Orleans.

    Gerald had celebrated his fourth wedding anniversary with wife Dechia just two weeks ago according to friends who told WWLTV that the pair had a three-year-old daughter, and that Gerald had adopted Dechia’s older daughter from a previous marriage.

    He served in the Marines and as a Blackhawk crew chief, friends said, and had signed up to become a Baton Rouge police officer just four months ago.

    The officers shot and killed on Sunday have been named as Montrell Jackson, 32 (left), Matthew Gerald, 41 (center), and Brad Garafola, 45

    Montrell Jackson was a new father who celebrated his 10-year anniversary with the Baton Rouge Police Department last month

    Kedrick Pitts, Jackson’s half brother, and Octavia Lacey, his aunt, embrace in front of the officer’s mother’s house after he was killed

    Matthew Gerald, 41, was a Marine and married father-of-two who had been working on his own for just 12 days before he died

    Gerald had served in the Marines (left) as a Blackhawk crew member before joining the Baton Rouge Police Department four months ago (pictured right with wife Dechia, their three-year-old daughter, and Dechia’s daughter from a previous marriage)

    Garofola had just finished an extra shift around 8am and was heading to meet his wife Tonja before they went on holiday on Monday when he was shot and killed. He was the father of four children, who ranged in age from seven to 21.

    Tonja added: ‘He loved us so much. He was always bragging about his family .He was a great guy. Not just a great law enforcement, he was a great husband and a great father. He didn’t deserve this. He always helped everybody.’

    Shortly before he died, Jackson wrote a Facebook post saying he was ‘tired physically and emotionally.’ He said: ‘In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat.’

    Brad Garafola, 45, was a married father-of-four who was finishing his last shift before going on holiday with his family when Long attacked and killed him

    Referencing the shooting death of Alton Sterling, which started protests in the city two weeks ago, he said: ‘I personally want to send out prayers to everyone directly affected by this tragedy. These are trying time. Please don’t let hate infect your heart.

    ‘This city must and will get better. I’m working these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to send a prayer, I got you.’

    Jackson’s friend Darnell Murdock said: ‘He loved his job. It motivated him to go out and change people’s lives. He was on (the force) to help people, to make you have a better day.

    ‘He was humble, kind and sweet. He wasn’t on there to write tickets. I don’t understand how this could happen to someone like him.’

    Speaking after the shooting, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said: ‘It’s unjustified, it’s unjustifiable, the violence, the hatred just has to stop.

    ‘It’s unspeakable that these men, risking their lives to protect and serve, were taken out in the way they were. They are everyday heroes.

    ‘I want to reassure everyone that we are doing everything humanly possible so that everyone is protected. Everything will be done to bring the shooter, or shooters if there’s more than one, to justice.

    ‘An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us and it has to stop,’ Governor Edwards added.

    ‘The people who carried this out do not represent the city of Baton Rouge, or the State of Louisiana or this country.

    ‘There simply is no place for more violence, it doesn’t help anyone, it doesn’t help any injustice perceived or real, it is just another injustice. We are not going to tolerate more hate and violence tearing apart the lives and families of people in Louisiana.’

    Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely Jr said the shooting took place outside and possibly inside the B-Quik convenience store on Airline Highway. The suspect’s body was found next door, outside of a fitness center, he said.

    According to the Advocate, an officer made a report over a police radio at around 8.45am saying that a ‘lady who came up and said there was a suspect walking with a … and an assault rifle out here behind the store’.

    Two minutes later, another officer was heard shouting: ‘Shots fired, officer down, shots fired, officer down!’

    Another yelled: ‘Got a city officer down, shots fired! Shots fired on Airline! I don’t know where he’s f***ing shooting from.’

    Police officers also described the man as wearing a mask and ‘carrying an A-R’ in the radio messages.

    An injured officer is then heard shouting that he has been shot in the left arm, and moments later cops radio in that they have seen a ‘second’ gunman, though these reports later turned out to be false.

    Two other ‘persons of interest’ were traced to West Baton Rouge Parish where they were questioned but later released without charge.

    Governor of Louisiana John Bel Edwards made a passionate plea for the ‘hatred to stop’ following the shooting in Baton Rouge

    President Obama also condemned the attack in Baton Rouge, describing it as ‘cowardly’ and promising ‘there will be justice’

    Officer Markell Morris carries a bouquet of flowers and a Superman action figure to a makeshift memorial for the three officers shot in Baton Rouge set up outside the hospital where they were taken

    Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie is locked in an emotional embrace following the shooting of three officers on Sunday

    Cops were also pictured embracing each other following a press conference at which Dabadie begged for the violence to stop

    Members of the public were also seen hugging police officers following a vigil for the three killed in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning

    Members of the public have been dropping off floral tributes at the Our Lady of the Lake Hospital for a memorial to the officers

    Videos taken by a bystander at the scene captured the panic as gunshots rang out, while another showed police officers brandishing rifles as they ran towards the scene.

    President Obama subsequently condemned the ‘cowardly and reprehensible’ attack on the police officers while vowing: ‘Justice will be done.’

    He blasted the assault on officers ‘who put their lives on the line for ours every day’ and branded the perpetrators ‘cowards who speak for no one.’

    In an address to the nation later, he said: ‘Attacks on police are an attack on all of us and the rule of law that makes society possible.’

    Urging Americans to unite in the wake of the latest tragedy, he added: ‘We need to temper our words and open our hearts.’

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged the full support of the Justice Department as the investigation unfolds. She said agents from the FBI and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were on the scene.

    The Justice Department will make available victim services and federal funding support, and provide investigative assistance to the fullest extent possible, she said.

    Lynch added that there is no place in the United States for such appalling violence.

    Airline Highway (pictured top) remains closed this evening as officers continue to examine the scene were Long opened fire

    A Sheriff’s Department vehicle with the rear window riddled with bullet holes was taken from the scene earlier today

    Police patrol outside the B-Quik convenience store, where Long was shot dead after opening fire on officers, killing three

    Meanwhile, the mother of Alton Sterling’s son Cameron, Quinyetta McMillion, released a statement condemning violence of any kind.

    She said: ‘We are disgusted by the despicable act of violence today that resulted in the shooting deaths of members of the Baton Rouge Law Enforcement.

    ‘My family is heartbroken for the officers and their families. We are praying for them, city leadership and the Baton Rouge community.

    ‘As my son Cameron and I have said from the beginning, all we want is peace. We reject violence of any kind directed at members of law enforcement or citizens.

    ‘My hope is that one day soon we can come together and find solutions to the very important issues facing out nation rather than continuing to hurt one another.’

    Cops have not released a motive for the killing, but Long’s online persona suggests that he harbored violent intentions toward police

    Solemn Baton Rouge police officers stand in front of the congregation at Saint John the Baptist Church in Zachary, Louisiana, at a vigil for the slain and wounded officers in Baton Rouge

    It has been a tense last 12 days for officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following the shooting death of Alton Sterling that has led to protests and now the shooting of six officers

    Dozens of officers and members of the public turned out to pay their respects to the six dead and wounded officers in Louisiana overnight

    Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump wrote on his Facebook page: ‘We grieve for the officers killed in Baton Rouge today.

    ‘How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country? We demand law and order.’

    Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton added: ‘Today’s devastating assault on police officers in Baton Rouge is an assault on all of us. There is no justification for violence, for hate, for attacks on men and women who put their lives on the line every day in service of our families and communities.’

    ‘We must not turn our backs on each other. We must not be indifferent to each other. We must all stand together to reject violence and strengthen our communities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of the police officers who were killed and injured today.’

    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said: ‘This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing.

    ‘Rest assured, every resource available to the State of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.

    ‘For now, I’m asking all Louisianans to join Donna and me in praying for the officers who were involved and their families as the details continue to unfold.’

    Vice President Joe Biden on Monday dubbed the shootings a ‘despicable act.’

    During a speech at a Boeing factory he is visiting in Australia, he said: ‘It’s a despicable act and it’s an attack on our very way of life at home.’

    ‘My enduring thanks for every police officer who gets up in the morning and goes out on that night shift. And they look for one thing – they kiss their wife good-bye or their husband and they want to go home and tuck in their kids,’ Biden said.

    ‘They have a right to do that. They have a right to be able to be protected and we owe them big.’

    ‘THESE ATTACKS ARE THE WORKS OF COWARDS’: OBAMA’S STATEMENT

    ‘I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge. For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault. These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop.

    ‘I’ve offered my full support, and the full support of the federal government, to Governor Edwards, Mayor Holden, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Baton Rouge Police Department. And make no mistake – justice will be done.

    ‘We may not yet know the motives for this attack, but I want to be clear: there is no justification for violence against law enforcement. None. These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one. They right no wrongs. They advance no causes. The officers in Baton Rouge; the officers in Dallas – they were our fellow Americans, part of our community, part of our country, with people who loved and needed them, and who need us now – all of us – to be at our best.

    ‘Today, on the Lord’s day, all of us stand united in prayer with the people of Baton Rouge, with the police officers who’ve been wounded, and with the grieving families of the fallen. May God bless them all.’

    Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump demanded ‘law and order’ following the shooting as he criticized the ‘lack of leadership’

    Officers were called to reports of a masked man walking along the highway in Baton Rouge with a rifle before the first shots were fired

    On edge: Officers ran from the hospital where the three wounded cops were taken after someone was arrested outside with a gun in their car, though it later turned out to be a false alarm

    Police received a 911 call reporting a ‘suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle’. Pictured, police at the scene

    The 9am shooting took place less than a mile from Baton Rouge’s police headquarters. Pictured, police on the scene this morning

    A police officer in tactical gear sets up in a parking lot while responding to Sunday morning’s shooting of at least six police officers

    Police in Baton Rouge were on high alert earlier this week after a gang – including boys aged just 12 and 13 – were arrested for stealing handguns as part of a ‘substantial, credible threat’ to harm police officers in Baton Rouge.

    Authorities discovered the alleged plot while responding to a burglary at a pawn shop early on June 9. They arrested one suspect – Antonio Thomas, 17 – at the scene with a handgun and a BB gun.

    During questioning, Thomas said that he and three other suspects stole the firearms and ‘were going to get bullets to shoot police,’ authorities said.

    On Tuesday, the chief also confirmed that Thomas told police that ‘the reason the burglary was being done was to harm police officers’.

    Malik Bridgewater, 20, was also arrested, as were two boys aged 12 and 13. The two named suspects are black.

    The shooting comes 12 days after Sterling was shot dead outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge by two police officers.

    Sterling, 37, was armed but his handgun was in his pocket and the footage does not appear to show him reaching for it.

    His shooting on July 5 – and that of Philando Castile, 32, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, the following day – led to nationwide protests over the treatment of black people by the police.

    Last weekend, thousands of people took to the streets in Baton Rouge to condemn the police killings, including hundreds of demonstrators who congregated outside the police station. Authorities arrested about 200 people over a three-day period.

    Crime scene: The busy interstate has been completely blocked off in both directions as police continue to investigate the shooting

    While police initially reported that there may be more than one shooter, these reports proved false. Two ‘persons of interest’ were traced to West Baton Rouge Parish but were released without charge

    On high alert: Two hospitals were placed on lockdown earlier, with police officers checking arrivals at all entrances

    The attack in Baton Rouge comes less than two weeks after a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest on July 7 was hijacked by Micah Johnson, 25, who used the demonstration as an opportunity to ambush police officers, killing five.

    Johnson, 25, told authorities he wanted to kill white people – ‘especially white officers’ – before he was killed by police using a remote-controlled bomb on a robot.

    In the wake of the recent attack, Dallas police chief David Brown, whose department is still in mourning, led the messages of support to police in Baton Rouge following the shooting. The last of the slain Dallas officers was laid to rest on Saturday.

    ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Baton Rouge Police,’ Brown said.

    Reverend Al Sharpton added: ‘Praying for the families of the police officers shot in Baton Rouge as we await the full details.

    ‘This senseless violence really must stop.’

    Speaking after Sunday’s shooting, Veda Sterling, Alton Sterling’s aunt, told local television news that ‘things will now get 100 times worse’.

    ‘We want to offer our condolences to the officers’ families because we know first-hand what they are going through. We just went through this,’ she said.

    ‘We also want it to be known that this is not in retaliation due to Alton’s death. There was no protesting going on there on where this took place.’

    Black street seller Alton Sterling was shot by two white police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 12 days before Sunday’s shooting

    Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2016, 11:22 am

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