According to Peter W. Singer of the New America Foundation, a suspect in last night’s fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, appears to be the first such suspect to be killed by a law enforcement robot. Singer, an expert in robotics, said that this is the first instance of which he is aware of a robot being used lethally by police.
 
Micah Xavier Johnson
 
Dallas Police Chief David Brown told the media in a press conference that hours of negotiations with the suspect did not yield his surrender. In order to prevent any further danger to police officers, the department deployed a robot that delivered an explosive device that detonated and killed the suspect. Brown said he had no other option. In Iraq, American troops have been said to use MARCbot surveillance robots against enemies.
 
U.S. Navy personnel in familiarization exercise with MARCbot
 
The slain suspect has been identified by Texas law enforcement as 25-year-old Micah Johnson. Police Chief Brown said today that Johnson had expressed anger over the shooting deaths of Philandro Castile and Alton Sterling by white police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, respectively. Both Castile and Sterling were black. Johnson told police before his death that he acted alone and was unaffiliated with any group. Police are still looking for suspects.
Last night, police theorized that at least one sniper was shooting from rooftops in the downtown area during a Black Lives Matter protest. A black power group has taken credit for the shooting deaths of the Dallas police officers and threaten to kill more. Police said that Johnson set out last night to “kill white people.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan said on the floor of the chamber today that anger over the police shootings in Dallas must not be allowed to sharpen divisions among Americans. He vowed today on the House floor that "justice will be done." Ryan acknowledged that July has already been a "long month for America" and that the nation has seen terrible and senseless things. But in the debate over how to resolve differences, he said “let's not lose sight of the values that unite us, our common humanity." He added, "A few perpetrators of evil do not represent us; they do not control us." 
 
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also took the floor to express grief and to thank Dallas police officers for their service. "Justice will be done, justice must be done. Also mercy must be done."

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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