The Vatican — The outspoken Pope currently on the throne in the Vatican on Friday took an opportunity to dip his hands in the blood of recent shooting victims to imply that murdered and injured Dallas Police Officers got what they deserved. In a post on his Facebook wall [below], the religious leader said, “[t]his was completely incited by America’s police force. They have obviously been given directives to go out there and kill.”
This is not the first time the pope has made both controversial and inappropriate statements. Most recently, he claimed that the Orlando shootings were staged using “crisis actors.” When pressed for clarification, he “Trump-dodged” implying that he’s only raising questions.
On July 7, 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed and shot a group of police officers in Dallas, Texas, killing five officers and injuring nine others. Two bystanders were also hurt. Johnson was an Army Reserve Afghan War veteran who was reportedly angry over police shootings of black men and stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers. The shooting happened at the end of a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest against police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, which had occurred in the preceding days.
Following the shooting, Johnson fled inside a building on the campus of El Centro College. Police followed him there, and a standoff ensued. In the early hours of July 8, police killed Johnson with a bomb attached to a remote control bomb disposal robot. It was the first time U.S. law enforcement used a robot to kill a suspect.