Police are Blocking the Release of Information About They’re “Bomb Robots”

David Lee | Courthouse News Service

DALLAS (CN) — Dallas Police Department officials want to block the release of “highly intimate or embarrassing” information regarding the use of a bomb disposal robot to kill a sniper who murdered five officers last month, saying it is of no legitimate concern to the public.

City officials asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for an advisory opinion on July 19, in response to at least 17 public information requests by journalists. The requests want access to robot and body camera footage, among other things.




Armed with a brick of C-4 explosive, the robot detonated and killed Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, of Mesquite, in the early hours of July 8 on the campus of El Centro College in downtown Dallas.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters at the time that hours-long negotiations with Johnson had failed.

“Our bomb robot detonated a bomb where the suspect was,” Brown said. “Other options would have subjected officers to great danger.”


Brown said Johnson was upset about recent police shooting of black men in Baton Rouge and the suburbs of Minneapolis.

“He said he was upset at white people,” Brown said.

“He said he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers. He stated he was not affiliated with any groups, and he stated he did this alone.”

The detonation was the first known use of a bomb disposal robot to kill a suspect by a U.S. police department.
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Authored by Assistant City Attorney P. Armstrong, the letter to Paxton argues that some of the requested information “is protected by common-law privacy,” which protects information that is “highly intimate or embarrassing, such that its release would be highly objectionable to a reasonable person, and it is of not legitimate concern to the public.”

The letter states that some of the requested information is considered confidential under the law.

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  • crazytrain2

    I still can’t believe that people have their panties in a bunch over using a robot and explosives to take out a terrorist and active shooter that was given multiple opportunities to surrender peacefully, to which he responded with more gunfire. Fuck this guy and anyone that has a problem with how he was dispatched. Bullets would have been fine with those criticizing this response and he would be just as dead, albeit in tact. But you can gather him up with a sponge and still have an open casket if you really want.

    • jsy

      Whichever way is most cowardly is most approved. By most cowards.

      • crazytrain2

        So, are you saying using the robot was cowardly?

        • jsy

          A missile strike would have been cowardly.