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Veteran used vest, military-style rifle in Dallas police officer slayings

Alfredo Watts | 10 July, 2016, 06:17

"Black lives matter because all lives matter, beginning with the poor and marginalized, but including the men and women of all races who put their lives on the line to protect the whole community", Chaput said.

Micah Johnson killed five police officers and wounded six other officers and two civilians.

He also noted that many protesters in Dallas were legally carrying firearms, making it more hard for police to determine the source of the gunfire.

In a city rocked by a night of terror, Dallas responded with an outpouring of support for its police forces after the loss of five officers.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told reporters there appeared to be "no known links to, or inspiration from, any worldwide terrorist organization".

The fissures between police and many Americans will not easily be healed, but we know that escalating conflict will only worsen them.

Obama, who ordered flags on government buildings lowered to half-mast for five days, said that there was "no possible justification" for violence against police.

He was killed by a robot-delivered bomb after the shootings, which marked the deadliest day for US law enforcement since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Around the country, people have showed up at local departments with flowers, sent social media messages or called to say thanks. Johnson was apparently motivated by this week's high-profile police shootings of African-American men - Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota - and had a history of mental instability.

Media in Dallas reported Saturday afternoon that Dallas Police Headquarters is on lockdown after a threat that was "taken seriously" by police.

The 25-year-old gunman had amassed a personal arsenal at his home, including bomb-making materials, rifles, ammunition and a journal of combat tactics, authorities said Friday.

Johnson held the rank of private first class, officials said.

The shootings stoked racial tension that has flared repeatedly across the country following the 2014 killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Nine people were killed inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, including state Sen.

He was a member of the US Army Reserve from 2009 to 2015 who had served in Afghanistan.

He loved spending time with his wife who is a fellow officer, and his two young children.

"It was breaks in the fire", he said.

"Brent was a great officer", said James Spiller, police chief of DART.

The department's community policing initiatives and unusual transparency have been lauded by reform advocates amid a national conversation on U.S. police killings and race.

Maj. Thomas Castro says several general threats have been made against Dallas police, though no specific threat was being investigated.

A makeshift memorial at Dallas Police Headquarters has become a place for people to leave flowers and notes-and to shed tears in remembrance of the victims of Thursday night's sniper ambush.

On his Facebook page, Johnson appears with his fist raised wearing an African style tunic against the backdrop of the red, black and green Pan-African flag, all reminiscent of the U.S. black power movement of the 1960s.