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Dallas Gunman Micah X. Johnson Anti-Cop, Pro-Black Panther

7/8/2016 9:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

070816-Micah-Johnson-facebookMicah Xavier Johnson -- the 25-year-old law enforcement confirms as the Dallas shooter -- had involvement with a handful of pro-black and police watchdog groups.

Johnson's social media accounts reveal he was a member of several Black Panther organizations, including The New Black Panther Party Houston Chapter.

Johnson also subscribed to a Facebook group called "The Black Matrix," which aims to dismantle the system it believes "white societal elites" have put in place to "control the perceptions of its Black populations."

Johnson -- who served in the U.S. Army -- had involvement with Facebook communities including "Filming Cops" and "Police The Police," which describes itself as a platform for documenting and archiving police misconduct, brutality and abuse of authority.

Dallas PD Chief David Brown said before they took down Johnson he said he was angry about police brutality and wanted to kill white officers.

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Fatal Police Shooting Woman Livestreams Boyfriend's Death

7/7/2016 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A woman trained a camera on her boyfriend as he succumbed to multiple wounds after being shot by a cop.

Philando Castile was driving with Lavish Reynolds in Falcon Heights, Minnesota Wednesday when his car was pulled over ... she says for a broken taillight.

The video starts just after the shooting, but according to Reynolds, the officer asked Castile for his license and registration. She says Castile told the cop he had a pistol on him that was registered, and when he reached for his wallet the officer warned him to stop. Reynolds says Castile actually put his hands back up, but the cop shot him 4 or 5 times.

Castile died after being taken to a local hospital.

The cop says on video, "I told him not to reach for it. I told him to get his hand out." 

An official investigation has been launched.

Sinead O'Connor I'm Alive! Cops Lied About Suicide Threat

6/24/2016 8:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0623-sinead-oconnor-tmz-02Sinead O'Connor is alive and seemingly well after Chicago police responded to a call she was threatening to jump off a bridge.

Chicago PD tried to track down O'Connor Thursday evening when O'Connor's family contacted Irish police, saying she threatened suicide.

But O'Connor is claiming cops made it all up and she never threatened to jump, saying, "some stupid bitch at Swords Garda station [Irish police] decided she'd like to throw a bit of false and malicious gossip."

Irish police told us they have no comment on Sinead's accusation.

O'Connor had reached out to family in May when she last threatened suicide -- but it's unclear if she did that again this week. Our family sources say they're trying to sort it out.

Twitter, Google, Facebook Don't Blame Us for Paris Attacks ... We Wipe Out Terrorists From Our Network

6/15/2016 1:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0615_fb-twitter_google_paris_attacks_gettyTwitter, Google and Facebook vigorously eradicate accounts created by terrorists networks ... the tech giants say in response to a lawsuit claiming they enable ISIS' terrorist activities.

TMZ broke the story ... a victim's father is holding the tech companies responsible for fueling the Paris attacks back in November, claiming the social networks make it easy to maintain accounts that promote ISIS' extremist propaganda.

A spokesperson for Twitter tells TMZ ... the lawsuit is without merit, adding they condemn acts of violence for which ISIS claims credit and actively work to eliminate any presence promoting terrorism.

Google tells us through a spokesperson, YouTube (which they own) terminates flagged accounts run by terrorist organizations. They declined further comment on the lawsuit.

Facebook says their global team aggressively works to remove terrorism content as soon as they become aware of it. They expressed their sympathies but will fight the lawsuit.

Paris Attacks Victim's Family Sues Social Media Giants You Let Terrorism Spread

6/15/2016 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0615-paris-attacks-lawsuit-twitter-facebook-google-GETTY-01Twitter, Google and Facebook are responsible for the Paris attacks because they let ISIS spread extremist propaganda and recruit on their social networks ... so says a victim's father in a new suit.

According to legal docs obtained by TMZ, Reynaldo Gonzalez is suing the social media giants for enabling ISIS to explode into the most feared terrorist group in the world.

Reynaldo's daughter, Nohemi, was one of the 130 victims killed in coordinated attacks last November fueled by ISIS' ability to easily create and maintain accounts ... including on YouTube (owned by Google).

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The family claims the social networks were negligent by allowing ISIS to post beheading videos. What's more ... the suit claims the tech giants raked in profits from ad placements in ISIS postings.

Reynaldo -- whose daughter was the lone American killed in the attacks -- says the social sites failed to take action despite outcry from the U.S. government. 

The family is suing for unspecified damages.

Richard Simmons I'm Not Transitioning ... But Orlando Needs Love

6/14/2016 4:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0614_ricahrd_simmons_TMZRichard Simmons just silenced everyone speculating he's been hiding from the public during a gender transition ... calling the reports lies and focusing attention on the Orlando tragedy.

Simmons addressed the rumors, saying, "Although I am not transitioning, I have and always will be supportive of those who are going through their journey." He continues, "My broken heart and healing thoughts are with the people of Orlando and all other victims of prejudice, bigotry and hate."

Tuesday's Facebook post is the first time in a long time Simmons has personally spoken out ... he was mysteriously hospitalized nearly two weeks ago for several days and has been in virtual seclusion for almost 3 years. 

Sinead O'Connor I'm Suing My Whole Family ... If I Don't Kill Myself First

5/17/2016 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0517-sinead-oconnor-getty-01Sinead O'Connor's been forced out of her native Ireland by her father, ex-husband and ungrateful son ... if you buy what she's selling in a rambling angry letter about her suicide attempts.

Sinead blames her ex, John Reynolds, and son Jake for forcing her to "run to another continent just to stay alive." As we've reported, she's now living outside Chicago, and disappeared for 24 hours ... leading friends and family to think she was going to kill herself.

She acknowledges having a "suicidal compulsion" and says to the men in her family ... "Every one of you had better pray I die. Because I'm suing the f****** lot of you for what you've done to me if I manage to live through it."

In her Facebook post the singer also rants about abortions, her mother's death, her "psychological destruction" and a mountain of medical bills.

Sinead vows that if God doesn't kill her ... "We are all going to court and we are gonna have this out in full public for once and for all."

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Arsenio Hall Sinead O'Connor's Crazy Prince Didn't Get Drugs From Me!

5/2/2016 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0502-sinead-oconnor-arsenio-hall-prince-TMZ-GETTY-02Sinead O'Connor is blaming Prince's drug problems on his good friend, Arsenio Hall -- but he says the Irish singer is totally full of it.

Sinead went on the attack, saying ... "Two words for the DEA investigating where (sic) prince got his drugs over the decades ... Arsenio Hall (AKA Prince's and Eddie Murphy's bitch)."

She went on to say on her Facebook page ... she's actually reported Arsenio to the Carver County Sheriff's department, which is investigating Prince's death.

A rep for Arsenio says Sinead's claim is "absolutely false, ridiculous and absurd."

She can thank Prince for writing her biggest hit, "Nothing Compares 2 U" -- but fact is, Sinead was NOT close to Prince ... and she's made other outrageous claims about him. She once alleged he punched her and held her against her will at Paisley Park.

The Kardashians Radio Silent On Rob's Engagement

4/5/2016 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0405-blac-chyna-rob-kardashian-jenner-kardashian-family-TMZ-01The Kardashians live and breathe on social media ... but in the 12 hours plus since Rob and Blac Chyna's engagement not a single tweet, Instagram post or Facebook update about the news.

Zilch.

Snapchat? Nada.

They've all been on social media posting but have made no mention of the engagement

For a family that thrives on the millions of followers, they've not congratulated the family's only son and brother. 

This is silence that speaks volumes. 

Bernie Sanders 'Bernie Baby' Dead

3/3/2016 1:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0303-bernie-baby-2016-SOUXSIE_LOMAS-FACEBOOK-01The 4-month old infant who was famously known as the "Bernie Baby" on social media ... has died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Oliver Jack Carter Lomas-Davis's mother Souxsie says her son died on February 25. She made the sad announcement on Facebook. 

Oliver became a phenom when his mom dressed him up in a wig and glasses to look like Sen. Bernie Sanders and posted the pic online.

The senator actually got to meet his youngest (we're guessing) supporter a few weeks ago during a rally in Las Vegas. 

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Mark Zuckerberg Scolds FB Employees For 'Black Lives Matter' Feud

2/26/2016 9:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0226-mark-kuckerberg-tmz-01Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook experience is starting to look like the average FB user's -- 'cause it's getting all racial, and he's pissed about it. 

Facebook HQ has a "signature wall" where employees can write messages. Some have chosen to write "black lives matter" ... but others have been crossing it out and replacing it with "all lives matter."

Zuckerberg, in an internal FB post obtained by Gizmodo, called the defacing "unacceptable," adding he was "disappointed by this disrespectful behavior."

He went on to say they are investigating the incidents.

Mark Zuckerberg Out for a Run ... Looking Like POTUS

2/25/2016 8:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0225-mark-zuckerberg-berlin-running-SPLASH-01Mark Zuckerberg went for a casual jog Wednesday afternoon in Berlin ... with at least 5 dudes in stride to watch his back, front, and sides at all times. 

The Facebook billionaire -- who pledged to run 365 miles in 2016 -- was recently the target of threats from ISIS, so you can understand the large entourage. Despite the tight coverage, Zuck's guys are not actual bodyguards, just FB execs traveling with him.

But you know they have his back. It takes a village ... to watch $47 billion out for a run.

Mark Zuckerberg Aqua Baby

1/25/2016 7:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0125-mark-zuckerberg-facebook-01Mark Zuckerberg shared an adorable photo Sunday of his two-month-old daughter Max taking her first ever swim.

Backstroke, eh? Woulda pegged her as more of a crawler.  

Fun fact: Max has already out-fashioned dad with that rose on her swimsuit.

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