Following the police shootings of two black men last week, black militant groups called for vengeance against police officers. As if answering the call, the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and riots began nationwide, resulting in the horrific shooting in Dallas, including the murder of five Dallas police officers.
Dallas Deputy Police Chief Scott Walton said Sunday, “We’ll leave no stone unturned.” In a press conference Sunday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said he has “not ruled out the possibility of others being charged”. Even though he was the lone gunman, authorities believe others may have encouraged or even financed his efforts.
Just as ISIS has called for lone-wolf terrorist attacks, black militant and anti-police groups who are calling for violence against police reportedly are being looked at very closely.
Dallas News: Authorities are now investigating whether Johnson was directed by the militant groups he “liked” on social media — including the African American Defense League, the Black Riders Liberation Party, the Huey P. Newton Gun Club and the New Black Panther Party — or merely emboldened by them.
The African American Defense League posted a message last week in reference to the police shooting of 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.”
Shortly after Micah Johnson killed five police officers and wounded many others, Mauricelm-Lei Millere, founder of African American Defense League, posted a picture of himself meeting Bill Clinton, and the message, “We have no alternative! We must kill white police officers across the country! We must hide in the darkness of the night and kill the white policeman across the country! All black police personnel are encouraged to take a leave of absence!”
He called for violence against firefighters also:
Earlier, in November 2015, a post on the AADL page said “every black person across this nation should find a white police to kill in every state and American/European province around the globe.”
— Damon Giles (@damongiles1973) July 11, 2016
Another group the Dallas gunman “liked” on facebook was the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, a black militant group in Dallas that associates with the “Nation of Islam”. The co-founders, Babu Omowale and Yafeuh Balogun, admit Johnson attended black community events in Dallas with their organization.
Balogun posted Twitter messages in full support of Johnson’s slaughter of five police officers, saying “I have no remorse for the Dallas Police Officers shot downtown, it’s about time…” and another message said, “I will not ever disown the brother as most have… he shall be celebrated one day.”
Ryan Lenz, online editor and senior writer at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said there’s no evidence such groups have directed the violent events and killings, but “their rhetoric has served as inspiration.”
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