Now that the Dallas shooting tragedy is officially over, attention turns to what the motive behind the murderous rampage may have been.
And while the Dallas police chief said during a press conference that while talking with police negotiators, the suspect said he was not affiliated with any group, as we reported moments ago the "Black Power Political Organization" took responsibility for the killings, calling the shooters "our assassins." It remains to be confirmed if that is indeed the case.
However, something else that has emerged and is now confirmed regarding Thursday night's attack, which the police described as a carefully planned and executed ambush, is that according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who said that during the exchange of gunfire with the suspect, he made the following announcement: "The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter," said Brown, who is black. "He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers."
Here is Dallas Police Chief David Brown
Additionally, moments ago, the suspect was officially identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, of Mesquite Texas. According to Reuters, Johnson was a private first class in U.S. Army Reserve from 2009 until 2015 who served in Afghanistan.
Here is a picture of Johnson shown on the right.
And a photo of him in the army:
There has not yet been a comment from the administration on what appears to be an attempt to stoke a race war by targeting police officers.