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Hillary Clinton Spokeswoman Scolds Media for Using 'Inflammatory' Photo of Dallas Gunman

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"Not hard, media."

Dallas police stand watch near the scene where four Dallas police officers were shot and killed on July 7, 2016. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Following the deadly police ambush in Dallas Thursday night, one spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton blasted the media for circulating an "inflammatory" photo of the accused gunman.

When the photos were first shared by media, Clinton's Progressive Media Director Zerlina Maxwell called out reporters for circulating "the blackest picture of the killer they could find."

Photos of Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, surfaced late Friday morning. The images came from what appeared to be the suspected sniper's Facebook page, which also included a "black power" image. The page appears to have been since deleted.

It was also learned that Johnson, who was killed by a robotic bomb after a standoff with Dallas police, was an enlisted Army soldier and served one tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Instead of sharing photos from his Facebook page, after retweeting an image of Johnson in his military uniform from Complex News, she suggested the press share the "less inflammatory" image of the accused killer.

The attack Thursday night left five police officers dead and 12 others injured. Two civilians were also hurt during the ambush.

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