The sister of the man who reportedly shot and killed five police officers in Dallas on July 7 has sparked controversy after speaking out against alleged racism in law enforcement.
U.S. army reservist, 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson, allegedly shot 12 police officers and killed five of them at a Black Lives Matter protest, the New York Daily News reports. Johnson, who is black, then engaged in a standoff with police. He later died after police detonated a robot-controlled explosive device near him.
Despite the fact his own stepmother is white - and proudly shared an Army photo of her stepson before the shooting - he confessed he was upset with all white people, the Daily Mail reports.
"He said he was upset about the recent police shootings," Dallas Police Chief David Brown explained at a press conference. "The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers."
After the incident, his sister - Nicole Johnson - did not comment, simply asking for privacy and calling this "the biggest loss we’ve had."
“Please out of respect for my family," she wrote on Facebook, the Daily Mail reports. "If you following the news and know [what's] going on. I’m not talking to anyone and please keep your comments [and] thoughts respectful. The news will say what they think but those that knew him know this wasn't like him."
However, she had previously spoken out about police and seemed to suggest that law enforcement officers are racist.
“[I’m] tired of [y'all] tryin to be on these cops side making it okay based off irrelevant info [...] when our own get killed over unjust s---,” Nicole wrote on Facebook on July 6, one day before the shooting.
“White [people] have and will continue to kill us off,” she added “The only difference is they serve the system hiding behind that blue suit and get off easy murdering civilians. Everything coming into the light and i for one think these cops need to get a taste of the life we now fear.”
Nicole later deleted the post.
Police said Micah had no criminal history or connection to terrorist groups. He had served in Afghanistan and even won the Army Achievement Medal.
“He seemed like a nice guy to us, he was polite,” a former neighbor who has chosen to remain anonymous recalled, the Daily Mail notes.
Meanwhile his friends said they were shocked by his behavior, adding that he didn’t seem very political and had a “cool” vibe.
“[He] wasn't one of those, 'Ah man, white cops, blacks cops, you know,' [kind of people],” his friend, Israel Cooper, said.