Micah Xavier Johnson, the 25-year-old man suspected of killing five police officers in Dallas, adhered to radical “Black Power” ideology, his Facebook page shows.
Johnson began shooting Dallas police officers Thursday night during a protest against the recent police-involved shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Police cornered Johnson in a parking garage and attempted to negotiate with him. During the standoff Johnson claimed to be acting alone. But three other suspects — two men and one woman — have also been detained.
Dallas police chief David Brown said during a press conference that Johnson said that he intended to kill white police officers and that “he was upset about Black Lives Matter.”
“The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect said he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” said Brown. (RELATED: Dallas Shooter Said He Wanted To Kill White People)Police detonated a robot bomb early Friday morning killing Johnson, who reportedly lived in Dallas and was an Army reservist who served one tour in Afghanistan.
Johnson’s Facebook page suggests that he supported the Black Power movement and black activist groups.
His page shows that he “liked” the several Black Lives Matter chapters, including those in St. Paul and Minneapolis, where Philando Castile was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop on Wednesday.
He also “liked” the Huey P. Newton Gun Club. The group, which is named after the founder of the Black Panthers, is headquartered in Dallas. The group’s website does not include any images of Johnson or references to him.
One picture from Johnson’s Facebook page shows him holding up a “black power” fist while wearing traditional African attire. A vehicle with a Texas license plate can be seen in the background.
In another photo, Johnson is seen posing with Professor Griff, a rapper with the group Public Enemy.