The photos of what may be Dallas cop shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson’s bloodied body, was reportedly sent to lawyer and author Mike Cernovich.
The photo which was sent to the author by an anonymous source show a dead man on the ground wearing an armored vest. Another photograph submitted by an anonymous source was also published on the gun website The Arms Guide, which claims the Saiga semi-automatic rifle used by gunman Micah Xavier Johnson had a 30-round magazine.
Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin of the Dallas Police Dept said:
‘The Dallas Police Department and the FBI have received media inquiries regarding photographs that are being circulated on the internet that are being depicted as crime scene photos from the incident where 5 police officers lost their lives on Thursday, July 7, 2016.
‘The Dallas Police Department and FBI will not confirm that photographs being circulated are from the crime scene in downtown Dallas.’
The police department’s unprecedented use of a robotic explosive raised questions regarding the ethics of how they responded to a suspect who was already cornered, adding that excessive force was used.
But Chief Brown of the DPD defended his decision to use the robot, saying other options would have placed more officers in grave danger.
Dallas Police chief David Brown
In a police statement, he said:
‘When all attempts to negotiate with the suspect, Micah Johnson, failed under the exchange of gunfire, the department utilized the mechanical tactical robot, as a last resort, to deliver an explosion device to save the lives of officers and citizens’
He told CNN:
‘I approved it and would do it again if presented with the same circumstances. I appreciate critics, but they’re not on the ground and their lives are not at risk.’
Officials say killer Micah Xavier Johnson scribbled various messages with his own blood on a nearby wall during the standoff with police. Most were illegible but officials say the letters ‘RB’ written in blood stood out.
‘We’re trying to figure out what those initials mean,’ said Dallas Police Chief David Brown on CNN’s ‘State of the Union.’
According to Daily Mail Online, they think that Johnson was possibly trying to write ‘RBG’ – but couldn’t finish the last letter before he was killed. This is because Johnson had the Pan African flag as his cover photo on his Facebook page and is believed to have held the symbol in high regard.
A Daily Mail source said:
‘There’s lots of possibilities but RBG makes the most sense given Johnson’s Black Power interests and what motivated him to carry out these attacks. Maybe he was too weak, or just didn’t get time to finish writing it.’
‘RBG’ is the name given to the red, black and green Pan African flag, a powerful Black Power symbol.