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Dallas police shooter drawn to 'black power' groups

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>> Details emerging Saturday about the life of Micah Xavier Johnson, the 25 year old Army veteran police say gunned down five Dallas officers earlier this week. Reuters' reporter Irwin Sava is in downtown Dallas.>> His Facebook page showed postings in support for an organization called The New Black Panther Party, which is the separatist organization and for the African American Defense League, which is also identified as a black separatist organization.
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Where he'd posted online what were described as rants about police shootings of African-Americans in the United States.>> Look through the content of some of the pages he visited and you'll see plenty of pictures of armed black men along with vitriolic and racist rhetoric advocating violence against whites and cops.
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Johnson's Facebook page has been taken down, but Reuters has learned his social media activity also including liking the Facebook pages of other little known groups, such as the Black Riders Liberation Party and the Huey P Newton Gun Club, which calls itself a self-defense group, encouraging members to arm themselves as a way of stopping police abuse.
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Law enforcement agencies are trying to figure out if he was at all linked to these groups or was he just merely fascinated by them. Digging through Johnson's background has also uncovered something else. Accusations of sexual harassment. His tour of duty in Afghanistan cut short because of the accusations made by a female soldier, according to two media reports.
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The accuser even went as far as to getting an order of protection, saying Johnson needed quote mental help. His lawyer telling reporters steps were taken to get Johnson out of the military with a less than honorable discharge. But somehow, Johnson was able to leave with an honorable discharge intact, according to other media reports.