Since the beginning of this year, 41 law enforcement officers have been intentionally killed in gun-related incidents and assaults across the United States, with 13 of the deaths occurring in July alone. In 2015, the death toll was 50.
The killing of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, during a “Black Lives Matter” protest was the deadliest attack against law enforcement since 9/11. Recent demonstrations in response to police-involved shootings have not resulted in violence against law enforcement officers in New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania based on an NJOHSP review.
Update on Dallas Shooting
On July 7, Micah Johnson killed five police officers and wounded nine officers and two civilians. Johnson died after a standoff with Dallas police. According to Dallas officials, the shooting was in response to the police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile near St. Paul, Minnesota, that occurred days earlier.
The Dallas police are analyzing items seized from Johnson’s residence, including his journal, cell phone, and laptop. Authorities are also reviewing surveillance cameras to create a detailed timeline of the incident; they believe Johnson acted alone and had possible plans for a larger attack.
The leader of the New Black Panther Party’s (NBPP) Houston Chapter stated that Johnson was a member of the group for six months, but he was asked to leave because he did not follow the “chain of command.” NBPP is a black separatist extremist group that portrays itself as a modern version of the original Black Panther Party, espousing hate-based rhetoric against law enforcement, government officials, Jews, and whites.