Chief David Brown Tells How It Went Down with Micah Johnson

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DALLAS -- "This city, our city, has been tested before. Now we face a new test."

That was the headline of the Dallas Morning News editorial. The first editorial published on the front page of the paper since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The events that took place on Thursday evening in the heart of Dallas have no doubt made an impact on its residents.

But as we try to move on, new insight into Micah Johnson and his interaction with DPD continues to be brought to light. For example, Johnson was only interested in speaking with a black negotiator.

"For a long time during the negotiation, because of the negotiator's expertise, the suspect wouldn't believe he was black.  Until they talked some more. But during that talk it didn't matter whether he was black because he was shooting at us," says Chief David Brown.

Johnson also made it very clear to the police that there was no breaking his concentration on what he came to do Thursday night.

"He just basically lied to us playing games, laughing at us, singing, asking how many did he get and that he wanted to kill some more and that there were bombs there so there was no progress on the negotiation," said Brown.

With that, a decision was made to end it. A decision, Chief Brown stands behind.

" They presented to me what was probably a 15-minute plan they put together to improvise our robot with a device to detonate behind the corner within a few feet of where he was that would take him out. And I approved it. And I’ll do it again if presented with the same circumstances."