Texas, USA cop-killing war veteran had PTSD

Micah Xavier Johnson

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Veteran who shot dead five policemen in Dallas had PTSD

Today, 08:24

The former soldier who last month shot dead five policemen in Dallas had symptoms suggestive of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but was not helped. This is evident from documents that the Veterans Administration has released.

After Micah Johnson in 2014 had returned from Afghanistan, he sought help for panic attacks, depression and hallucinations. Doctors then concluded that he was no danger to himself or others.

Johnson in the army was a specialist in the field of carpentry and masonry. He told doctors that he saw during the war how his fellow soldiers were torn apart by bombs. Since then, he had nightmares. He heard voices and explosions in his head.

“I was trying to block the images in my head, but it’s hard to forget something like that,” Johnson is quoted in the documents of the health care service for veterans. Doctors sent the former soldier back home and told him to have medication, but he got no further help.

On July 7, Micah Johnson shot five police officers dead during a demonstration in Dallas against racist police brutality. Police killed Johnson with a bomb robot.

Texas activist arrested for demonstrating while black

This video from the USA says about itself:

Dominique Alexander

March 7th, 2015 fifty years after Martin Lurther King Jr’s historic march on Selma, Alabama, citizens of Dallas, Texas gather to commemorate the event and draw attention to the ongoing civil rights struggle of today. After marching across the Margret Hunt bridge in tribute to King‘s crossing of the Edmund Pettus bridge on Bloody Sunday a series of speakers outside the Dallas Courthouse sounds the call to action for the next generation of civil rights leaders.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

US: Black lives protest leader arrested

Friday 12th August 2018

POLICE in the US city of Dallas arrested the leader of a Black Lives Matter march on Wednesday night after they had attempted to ban the protest.

Police Chief David Brown had urged organiser Dominique Alexander, founder of civil rights group Next Generation Action Network, to cancel the protest, saying such city centre events posed a “tactical threat” to officers.

The group also organised the July 7 protest that ended with sniper Micah Johnson killing five police before being killed by a police bomb.

Just before the protest was set to begin, Mr Alexander was arrested outside City Hall.

A police spokeswoman said the protest leader was issued a criminal trespass warning and arrested on unrelated warrants for failure to appear in court to pay $5,000 (£3,850) in outstanding road tolls.

His lawyer Kim Cole said her client believed the warrants had been resolved a year before.

About 25 demonstrators gathered outside the jail where Mr Alexander was being held until Ms Cole emerged to say he was safe and in good spirits.

Meanwhile Los Angeles police were yesterday investigating the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy by officers.

Police claimed Jesse James Romero shot at police after they were called to investigate a vandalism report in the Boyle Heights district on Tuesday, and that they recovered a revolver from his body.

But the teen’s mother Teresa Dominguez disputed the police account, telling local media that her son was “a good boy.”

“He didn’t do anything violent,” she said.

Within the space of two weeks police in the Los Angeles area have shot and killed three people, including a 14-year-old youth engaged in graffiti, an unarmed man mistaken for a carjacker and an unarmed homeless man on a bicycle: here.

Sandra Bland arrest cover-up, Texas policeman says

This video from the USA says about itself:

31 December 2015

Scores of protesters held a vigil in commemoration of Sandra Bland in downtown New York on Wednesday evening. 28-year-old Bland’s death in police custody in Texas earlier this year sparked widespread protests across the United States, with protesters blaming the authorities for her passing.

By Michael McLaughlin, Reporter, The Huffington Post in the USA:

Police Officer In Sandra Bland Case Describes Alleged Cover-Up

He claims that facts in her favor were omitted from the final report.

07/26/2016 08:38 pm ET

A Texas police officer on Tuesday accused law enforcement officials of covering up what he saw during Sandra Bland’s controversial arrest last summer.

Prairie View police officer Michael Kelley told The Huffington Post that portions of his original incident report, which reflected poorly on the state trooper who arrested Bland, were removed. He also alleged that he was threatened by a Waller County prosecutor for speaking out about what he’d witnessed on that July 2015 day.

The Waller County district attorney denied the latter claim, while the Prairie View Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.

Bland, who was accused of assaulting trooper Brian Encinia, died in a Waller County jail three days after her arrest from an apparent suicide. The 28-year-old’s death sparked a national outcry as activists said she never should have been arrested and her family argued that she wouldn’t have taken her own life.

By the time Kelley arrived on the scene of what began as a traffic stop, he said that Bland was already handcuffed in the back of a squad car. He said he overheard Encinia, who had turned off his own body camera, admitting that he didn’t know what charge to lodge against Bland, but declaring that he’d come up with something. That’s one key part of Kelley’s incident report that he claims has been removed.

“My opinion is that he messed up,” Kelley told HuffPost. “He did not have probable cause to detain her after he pulled her out of the car.”

Another detail missing from the incident report, the officer said, is his observation that it looked like Bland had been struck in the head.

“She had a large mark on her head. Maybe she fell when she was in handcuffs. Maybe she got kicked,” Kelley told HuffPost. She complained about head pain but didn’t cooperate with emergency medical workers, he said.

In all, Kelley said that officials whittled his two-page rough draft down to less than a page and entered it into the official record without his approval. He said he also wanted to testify before the grand jury investigating Bland’s arrest, but that Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam threatened him.

“He told me it wouldn’t be good for my career,” Kelley said. “Then I told him I was going to talk to Sandra Bland’s mother’s attorney, and he told me I was going to be beneath the jail.”

Diepraam did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s inquiries.

Encinia was still indicted for perjury for alleged false statements about the arrest. The trooper was also fired.

How many hummingbird species in Texas, USA?

This video from the USA says about itself:

Guess How Many Hummingbird Species Visit in 30 Seconds

12 July 2016

This 30s clip from our West Texas Hummingbird cam features a variety of male and female hummingbirds visiting the feeder. How many species could you distinguish between? Can you name the species? Answers are at the end. Thanks for watching!

You can watch live anytime here.

The West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam is nestled in the mountains outside Fort Davis, Texas, at an elevation of over 6200 feet. This site hosts a total of 24 Perky-Pet® Grand Master hummingbird feeders, and during peak migration can attract hundreds of hummingbirds from a dozen species that are migrating through the arid mountains.

For the past 10 years, researchers from West Texas Avian Research have been banding hummingbirds at this site and others throughout the Trans-Pecos region of Texas to study the status and distribution of hummingbirds throughout the poorly known region.

The active banding of hummingbirds continues (off camera) at this site in the Davis Mountains, and from time to time you may hear researchers working in the background. Some common species in you may hear vocalizing include Western Scrub Jays, Acorn Woodpeckers, and Canyon Wrens (among others).

Thanks to West Texas Avian Research for their enthusiasm and support for hosting the camera at this remote research site, and to cam sponsor Perky-Pet®.

Hummingbird webcam in Texas, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

A male and female Black-chinned Hummingbird visit the feeder in early July [2016].

The West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam is nestled in the mountains outside Fort Davis, Texas, at an elevation of over 6200 feet.

After the sad news of people killed and injured in Texas, some good news.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

We’re excited to bring you a second action-packed season of the West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam, sponsored by Perky-Pet®. This site is nestled in the mountains outside Fort Davis, Texas, at an elevation of over 6,200 feet. During peak hummingbird migration, this site hosts 24 Perky-Pet® Grand Master hummingbird feeders, attracting hundreds of hummingbirds from a dozen species that are migrating through the arid mountains.

For the past 10 years, researchers from West Texas Avian Research have been banding hummingbirds at this site and others throughout the Trans-Pecos region of Texas to study the status and distribution of hummingbirds throughout the poorly known region. Last year we started broadcasting during the height of the fall migration in September (check out the highlights); this year, you’ll get the opportunity to watch the diversity and abundance of these agile fliers grow throughout the summer, and get to know them one-by-one. Right now, the most common species on cam are Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, along with Black-throated, Magnificent, and soon, Rufous hummingbirds.

You may also hear or glimpse other common species of the arid mountain forests, including Western Scrub-Jays, Acorn Woodpeckers, and Canyon Wrens. From time to time you may hear researchers working in the background as they band hummingbirds nearby.

Thanks to West Texas Avian Research for their enthusiasm and support for hosting the camera at this remote research site, and to cam sponsor Perky-Pet®. Watch the camnow.

Lethal attack on peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration in Texas

This video from the USA says about itself:

5 People Are Shot At Site Of Black Lives Matter Protest in Minneapolis

24 November 2015

Police were hunting three white suspects early Tuesday after five people were shot near a protest in Minneapolis over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man. All five victims were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries after the incident late Monday, the Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement.

The shooting happened around a block away from the Minneapolis Police Department 4th Precinct, where Black Lives Matter demonstrators and local activists have camped for more than a week after 24-year-old Jamar Clark was shot dead by a police officer during a scuffle on November 15.

That was then. And today …

By Nick Visser, Reporter, The Huffington Post in the USA:

At Least 4 Police Officers Killed By Snipers During Dallas Protest

Seven other officers and one civilian were also shot and injured.

07/07/2016 10:26 pm ET | Updated 1 minute ago

At least 11 police officers and 1 civilian have been shot in Dallas.

Officials said two snipers carried out an “ambush-style” attack.

Police are negotiating with one “uncooperative” suspect who is still exchanging gunfire with them.

Gunfire first broke out during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest.

Snipers shot and killed four police officers “ambush-style” after a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas Thursday night, according to Dallas police. At least seven other police officers and one civilian were also shot and injured. …

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said three suspects were in custody and police were still in negotiations with another suspect who was being uncooperative, at times exchanging gunfire with officers in a parking garage.

“He told negotiators that the end is coming, and he is going to hurt and kill more of us,” Brown said at the press conference early Friday morning …

‘The end is coming’ sounds like some ultra religious person expecting the Last Judgment.

All signs pointed to the demonstration having been peaceful throughout the evening. The DPD Twitter account included posts about “men, women, boys and girls” gathered in solidarity, while other photos show officers posing with marchers, including a state senator. …

Rev. Jeff Hood, an organizer of the rally, told the Dallas Morning News he was at the front of the protest with an officer before he heard “what sounded like six to eight shots.”

“I saw people scramble,” Hood said. “The officer ran towards the shots, I ran away from the shots trying to get people off the streets, and I was grabbing myself to see if I was shot.” …

Earlier Thursday, hundreds had gathered in cities across the country to protest the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old killed outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile, who was shot during a traffic stop in Minnesota.

Demonstrators were carrying signs and chanting “no justice no peace” and “hands up, don’t shoot” ― common refrains of the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality.

From daily The Independent about this:

Richard Adams, a witness to [the] shooting in Dallas, said the protests were “peaceful and lovely” until he heard what sounded like “a bunch of firecrackers going off.”

“Women with children and babies and everybody was chaotically running,” Adams told. “And then, maybe I was a half-a-block away, calming down a little bit when we heard it again. […] There must have been five times tonight — whenever we thought we were safe, people said: “Run, people were shot!”

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Minnesota governor thinks that the black motorist [Philando Castile] who this Wednesday in a suburb of St. Paul was killed by police brutality, would not have been shot if he would have been white. “This kind of racism exists and it is the duty of us all to ensure that it stops,” said Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat.

See also here.

Update, 9 July 2016:

Micah Johnson, Lone Gunman In Dallas Attack, Had Bomb-Making Materials In His Home

The attack killed five police officers and injured seven others as well as two civilians. …

Johnson was killed after police detonated a bomb strapped to a robot. He had no known criminal history, officials said Friday, but cops found material to make bombs, rifles and ammunition in his home.

Johnson had been a private first class in the Army Reserves, a military spokeswoman confirmed. He enlisted in 2009, was deployed to Afghanistan in November 2013 and returned in July 2014, receiving several awards for his service. He left the military in April 2015.

Micah Xavier Johnson, an Afghan War veteran who spent six years in the Army Reserves, opened fire Thursday night on Dallas police who were escorting a demonstration of hundreds of people protesting the police killings of unarmed black men. He killed five police and wounded seven. Two protesters were also wounded as gunfire erupted between police and Johnson, who was heavily armed and wearing military-style body armor. Despite initial police and media reports describing as many as half a dozen snipers “triangulated at elevated positions in different points in the downtown area” and shooting in a coordinated crossfire, all the damage was inflicted by a single gunman armed with an SKS semi-automatic rifle using .223 caliber ammunition, the civilian equivalent of the bullets with which Johnson was equipped while in Afghanistan: here.

Parents Of Dallas Shooter Say Son Became ‘Hermit’ After Military Service: here.

Dallas civil rights activists plan new police brutality protest in the wake of shootings. As protests against police killings proliferated across the US this weekend, Dominique Alexander, president of the Next Generation Action Network, said he and other campaigners were ‘putting in a lot of hours to make sure that tensions don’t rise’: here.

Update: Baton Rouge Cop Points Assault Weapon At HuffPost Reporter, Protesters. “An officer just pointed a machine gun at me,” a HuffPost reporter said as he captured the moment on camera: here.

Texas child-abusing policeman Eric Casebolt not indicted

This video from the USA says about itself:

Grand Jury Clears Child-Abusing Cop Eric Casebolt

24 June 2016

A grand jury in Texas has decided not to indict former cop Eric Casebolt. He had stormed a pool party, pulled his gun, and attacked a teenage girl. Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?), Ana Kasparian, and Francis Maxwell (TYT Sports), hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“A grand jury decided Thursday not to indict a former Texas police officer who was seen on video throwing a bikini-clad teenage girl to the ground and pointing his gun at others at a pool party last summer.

The decision not to charge Eric Casebolt ends the investigation into his handling of the pool party melee, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth station KTVT reported.

Casebolt, who is white, was widely criticized for his treatment of the young, black teenager, with teens and parents saying he was overzealous and too aggressive. The incident was captured on cellphone video.

He pushed the girl to the ground following a party last June at a community pool in suburban Dallas that drew a crowd of teenagers. …

However, the Collin County grand jury determined there wasn’t enough evidence to bring criminal charges against him. An attorney for Casebolt did not return a call for comment.

Casebolt resigned days after the incident after being placed on administrative leave by the police chief.”

Read more here.

Here’s How Often Cops Are Arrested For Breaking The Laws They’re Paid To Uphold. “Police crimes are not uncommon,” researchers found: here.