Dallas police chief: Suspect 'hates white people' and 'wants to kill them'

Dallas police chief David Brown told reporters at a press conference that the suspect who engaged authorities in a standoff before being killed by a robot that blew up a bomb built by the sniper "hated white people" and wanted to kill more white officers.

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A suspect who was killed by police after snipers shot 12 Dallas officers, five fatally, "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers," police chief David Brown said.

The man was killed after authorities cornered him in a garage at El Centro Community College. After several hours of negotiations, lasting into the early hours of Friday morning, officials exchanged gunfire with the suspect and "saw no other option" but to kill him by detonating a bomb, Brown said.

"Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger," he said.

Brown said the suspect, who he would not identify, told a hostage negotiator that he was upset about the Black Lives Matter movement and the recent police shootings of black men elsewhere in the U.S.

"The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers," Brown said. "The suspect stated that he was not affiliated with any groups and he stated that he did this alone."

Nonetheless, officers took three other people into custody.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings praised the team who took down the suspect.

"The good news: He's gone off the face of the Earth," Rawlings told MSNBC.

The city's downtown was in lockdown Friday after Thursday night's ambush, which marked the deadliest day for law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.

Earlier, the suspect had told police negotiators that "the end is coming" and that "there are bombs all over the place in this garage and downtown," Brown said.

While the race of the snipers still hasn't been revealed, the statements by the shooter suggests that at least one of the attackers was black.

It's not surprising that authorities have yet to tell us the race of the snipers.  The last thing they want is a backlash against blacks, even though that fear is almost certainly overblown. 

The real fear is that cops across America might become even more trigger-happy.  Well trained policemen won't let this attack alter their approach.  Unfortunately, there are many policemen across America who are not well trained and may take a more aggressive attitude toward blacks.

The job of policeman is hard enough without adding race as a factor.

Dallas police chief David Brown told reporters at a press conference that the suspect who engaged authorities in a standoff before being killed by a robot that blew up a bomb built by the sniper "hated white people" and wanted to kill more white officers.

NBCNews:

A suspect who was killed by police after snipers shot 12 Dallas officers, five fatally, "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers," police chief David Brown said.

The man was killed after authorities cornered him in a garage at El Centro Community College. After several hours of negotiations, lasting into the early hours of Friday morning, officials exchanged gunfire with the suspect and "saw no other option" but to kill him by detonating a bomb, Brown said.

"Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger," he said.

Brown said the suspect, who he would not identify, told a hostage negotiator that he was upset about the Black Lives Matter movement and the recent police shootings of black men elsewhere in the U.S.

"The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers," Brown said. "The suspect stated that he was not affiliated with any groups and he stated that he did this alone."

Nonetheless, officers took three other people into custody.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings praised the team who took down the suspect.

"The good news: He's gone off the face of the Earth," Rawlings told MSNBC.

The city's downtown was in lockdown Friday after Thursday night's ambush, which marked the deadliest day for law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.

Earlier, the suspect had told police negotiators that "the end is coming" and that "there are bombs all over the place in this garage and downtown," Brown said.

While the race of the snipers still hasn't been revealed, the statements by the shooter suggests that at least one of the attackers was black.

It's not surprising that authorities have yet to tell us the race of the snipers.  The last thing they want is a backlash against blacks, even though that fear is almost certainly overblown. 

The real fear is that cops across America might become even more trigger-happy.  Well trained policemen won't let this attack alter their approach.  Unfortunately, there are many policemen across America who are not well trained and may take a more aggressive attitude toward blacks.

The job of policeman is hard enough without adding race as a factor.