Five Dallas police officers killed in downtown protests
A lone gunman shot and killed five Dallas police officers Thursday in response to a video showing two African-American men shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota. The attacker, 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson, was a former military veteran who served in Afghanistan. Police found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a journal of combat tactics after searching Johnson’s home Friday. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings confirmed Johnson was a lone shooter at a news conference. “This was a mobile shooter who had written manifestos on how to shoot and move, shoot and move, and that’s what he did,” Rawlings said. “As we’ve started to unravel this fishing knot, we’ve come to realize this shooting came from one building at different levels.” During a prayer rally Friday, Dallas police Chief David Brown said, “Through our investigation of some of the suspects, it’s revealed to us that this was a well-planned, well-thought-out, evil tragedy.”
Johnson told police negotiators he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers, and that he acted alone. Police used a bomb robot to kill Johnson after he said more officers were going to get killed. “We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” Brown said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
Viewers call for boycott of Wendy Williams after HBCU remarks
Talk show host Wendy Williams sparked controversy this week after her remarks on “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams BET awards speech and historically black colleges, known as HBCUs. “On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP,” she said. Calls to boycott her show arose in response to Williams’ comments on HBCUs, which were started for African-American students who were denied admission to other institutions of higher learning because of racism.
Trial to begin for Va. duo accused of raising money for al-Shabab
Two women are set to go on federal trial after being accused of raising money for al-Shabab, a Somali terrorist group and al-Qaida affiliate. Muna Osman Jama, 36, and Hinda Osman Dhirane, 46, were arrested and charged in 2014 with providing support to terrorists by sending small amounts of money to al-Shabab. The women used coded communications to hide their objective, prosecutors say. They referred to al-Shabab as “the family” and truckloads of supplies as “camels.” The bench trial is scheduled to begin Monday in federal court. Defense lawyers say the women are Somali expatriates who were sending money back home. The amount in question is less than $5,000.
Man drowns while saving son at Cascade Falls
A man drowned while saving his son at Cascade Falls in Pembroke, Virginia, authorities say. Authorities recovered the body of the 34-year-old man Saturday evening, Giles County Sheriff Morgan Millirons said. Saturday afternoon the man jumped into the pool area at the bottom of the falls to save his son who went under the water while swimming, Millirons said. Although the man was able push his son to the bank, he went under the water and never resurfaced. The man’s body has been sent to a medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. This is the second death at Cascade Falls in less than a month. Another man also died when he fell into the water during a hike on June 25.
Trial resumes for fourth Baltimore officer
The trial for the fourth Baltimore police officer accused in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray is scheduled to resume Monday. Lt. Brian Rice is the highest-ranking officer going to trial for Gray’s death last year. Rice faces charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Rice is the fourth of six officers to stand trial in Gray’s death, which resulted from a spinal injury he suffered while being transported in the back of a police van. His death sparked protests and rioting in Baltimore in the month after his death. Two of the previous officers to go to trial were acquitted, and the proceedings for the third ended in a mistrial.
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