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Baton Rouge Cop Killer Posted Video Saying Oppression Must be Fought Through “Bloodshed”

The man who police say shot and killed three police officers in Baton Rouge today is a U.S. Marine veteran who served in Iraq named Gavin Eugene Long.

He is the second veteran this month to use his military training to kill cops as payback for the way they have been killing citizens.

Today was his 29th birthday. Louisiana police say they shot and killed him.

Long, who went by Cosmo Setepenra on YouTube, posted a video on July 10, 2016 after the Dallas police shootings where he speaks about fighting against oppression through bloodshed.

In the video, which was posted six days after Independence Day, he speaks about how the United States celebrates how they fought against their oppressors.

“But when an African fights back, he is wrong,” he says. “But every time a European fights back against his oppressor, he is right.”

“One hundred percent of revolutions, of victims fighting their oppressors, from victims fighting their bullies, one hundred percent have been successful through fighting back, through bloodshed,” he says.

“Zero have been successful over simply protesting. It doesn’t, it has never worked and it never will. You’ve got to fight back. That’s the only way a bully knows to quit, he doesn’t know words. He doesn’t understand words, I promise you. He doesn’t understand protests.”

He described himself as a “freedom strategist” on Twitter where he tweeted the following Saturday night, only hours before police say he walked down a street in Baton Rouge armed with a rifle, drawing attention of police before he killed three.

He also has books available on Amazon where he writes about his version of spirituality.

In the second video below, he explains that he is not affiliated with any group. That he is affiliated with the “spirit of justice, nothing more, nothing less.”

Slain officer’s touching Facebook message days before death

– BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Just days before he was shot and killed Sunday morning, a Baton Rouge police officer posted an emotional Facebook message saying he was “physically and emotionally” tired and expressing how difficult it was to be both a police officer and a black man, a friend said Sunday.

“I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me,” Montrell Jackson wrote.

Friends and family of Jackson were mourning the 10-year-veteran of the police force that relatives described as a “gentle giant” and a “protector” after he and another two law enforcement officers were shot and killed Sunday morning by a gunman.

In the Facebook posting Jackson said while in uniform he gets nasty looks and out of uniform some consider him a threat.

“I’ve experienced so much in my short life and these last 3 days have tested me to the core,” the posting read.

The message was posted July 8, just three days after a black man was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge. That shooting was the beginning of an extremely tense week in the country’s fraught history of race relations. Another black man was shot and killed by police the next day in Minnesota, with his girlfriend live streaming the aftermath on Facebook. Then a black gunman opened fire during a protest against the police shootings in Dallas, killing five police officers.

Jackson does not specifically refer to those events but the posting appears to be a reaction to them.

Erika Green told The Associated Press Sunday that she is friends with the family of Jackson, one of three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers who were killed Sunday morning. She said she saw the message on his Facebook page.

In the message, Jackson says he is physically and emotionally tired.

“These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart,” Jackson wrote.

A screenshot of the image has been widely circulating on the internet but is no longer on Jackson’s Facebook page.

Jackson’s family was mourning the officer Sunday afternoon.

Kedrick Pitts, the 24-year-old younger half brother of Montrell Jackson, said he was very close to his older brother.

“With him it was God, family and the police force,” Pitts said outside his mother’s house in Baton Rouge, where family was gathered Sunday. “He went above and beyond … He was a protector.”

He said his brother had been on the force for 10 years, having joined in 2006 and had risen to the rank of corporal.

Pitts said he woke up Sunday to find his mother crying as news broke about the shooting involving police. He drove his mother to the hospital and it was there that they discovered that Jackson had been shot. He said Jackson leaves behind a wife and a 4-month-old son named Mason.

Jackson and his family were planning to go to Houston soon for a vacation, Pitts said.

Pitts, stunned by his brother’s death, put on a brave face and did not shed any tears. “I did all the crying I can do. It’s not going to bring him back,” he said.

Pitts described Jackson as a person with a humorous streak but a serious side. He said he was fond of shoes and had a collection of more than 500 pairs — such as special Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan shoes. He said his brother was a big fan of the New Orleans Pelicans and the Dallas Cowboys.

He called Jackson a hard-working police officer who often worked seven days a week.

His aunt, Octavia Lacey, a 55-year-old disabled woman in Baton Rouge, called Jackson an exceptional person.

“Never a problem (as a child,)” she recalled. “Good spirited child.”

She expressed disbelief that her nephew was shot by someone who allegedly came from out of state. “I don’t get it,” she said.

In the rural Livingston Parish, family of Jackson’s wife was also mourning their loss.

Lonnie Jordan, Jackson’s father-in-law, spoke to reporters on the front lawn of Jackson’s house. Jordan said he heard about Jackson’s death while at church Sunday morning when he received a text message.

Jordan described his son-in-law as a “gentle giant” — tall and stout and formidable looking, but with a peaceful disposition, saying he was “always about peace.”

Jordan said his son-in-law had been working long hours since the death of Alton Sterling and the resulting protests. But Jordan said if the work was a strain, Jackson didn’t let it show.

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Associated Press reporter Kevin McGill in Livingston Parish contributed to this report.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown, a Reformer, Becomes Face of Nation’s Shock

After the killings in Dallas, David O. Brown, the city’s police chief, became the face of the nation’s shock.

At multiple news conferences, he sorted through a jumble of reports, some of them wrong, as he narrated the standoff between his officers and the gunman. But he also offered simple, emotional words: “We’re hurting,” he said on Friday morning, in a moment of shared public grief.

His appearances may also have evoked a more personal grief. Just weeks after Chief Brown became the leader of the Dallas Police Department in 2010, his own son fatally shot a police officer and another man before being killed in a confrontation with the police.

“My family has not only lost a son, but a fellow police officer and a private citizen lost their lives at the hands of our son,” he said in a statement at the time. “That hurts so deeply I cannot adequately express the sadness I feel inside my heart.”

 

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‘We Stand With Our Brothers and Sisters’

The day after the killing of five officers at protest against police brutality in Dallas, the city mourned the lives lost.

By REUTERS on Publish Date July 9, 2016. Photo by Eric Gay/Associated Press. Watch in Times Video

Since taking over the Dallas department, one of the nation’s largest, Chief Brown, 55, has earned a national reputation as a progressive leader whose top priority is improving relations and reducing distrust between the police department and the city’s minority residents. His efforts began long before 2014, when the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York made such initiatives a necessity for many police chiefs.

Chief Brown “has been doing this before he had to,” said Chuck Wexler, director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement policy group. “He recognized what happened, what is going on in the country.”

Chief Brown, who is African-American and a fourth-generation Dallas native, joined the city’s police force in 1983. In a panel discussion with Mr. Wexler’s group in 2014, he said that his 30 years on the force as well as stories told by his grandparents had taught him how, in some neighborhoods, police abuses are remembered for decades.

In Dallas, he has invited public scrutiny as police chiefs in few other cities have. While other departments often try to delay the public identification of officers involved in shootings, his department often releases the names.

How the Dallas Shooting Unfolded

The attack was the deadliest against law enforcement officers in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.

By YOUSUR AL-HLOU and JOHN WOO on Publish Date July 8, 2016. Photo by William Widmer for The New York Times. Watch in Times Video »

Chief Brown’s main push has been geared toward reducing the use of force by officers in encounters with citizens. And he has had some success. Still, though the overall number of police shootings appears to have dropped substantially on his watch, the circumstances of some — including the fatal shooting of a mentally-ill man holding a screwdriver last year — have continued to draw criticism.

Chief Brown has drawn attention for his willingness to question even the most basic tenets of policing — like chasing bad guys under any circumstance.

While some departments have put restrictions on car chases — which can end in fatal smash-ups — Chief Brown began to question whether officers should even give chase on foot in certain instances, said Mr. Wexler, whose organization assisted in the city’s search for a police chief in 2010. Chief Brown’s concern, Mr. Wexler said, was whether such chases increased the risk of shootings by the police.

“It’s ironic this madman would pick Dallas, one of the cities that is a leader in reducing officer-involved shootings,” Mr. Wexler said.

A press representative for the City of Dallas said Chief Brown was declining interview requests.

Yet Chief Brown’s efforts have left him as a somewhat embattled figure in Dallas. He has fought with the police union over his emphasis on so-called community policing — the use of less-confrontational enforcement strategies — and his willingness to fire officers, dozens of them, often publicly.

“Chief Brown thinks that we should clean our own house before we expect others to clean theirs,” said Don Stafford, a retired member of the department who was one of the first black police officers to rise high in the ranks.

Chief Brown has been grappling with some grim statistics this year. Crime has ticked up, with the governor offering to send in state troopers.

Criticism does not seem to easily faze him. “Chief Vindictive, yadda, yadda, yadda,” he said during an interview in February, dismissing his critics within the department. “I mean that’s the badge of honor right there.”

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How the Attack on the Dallas Police Unfolded

Five officers were killed and seven others were shot during a protest in downtown Dallas.

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In the same interview, with the Dallas Observer, he said his goal of orienting the department toward community policing was “worth getting fired over.”

The Dallas department’s national reputation had long been shaped by the events of November 1963. After President Kennedy was assassinated, his killer was gunned down in the basement of Police Headquarters while in custody, under lax security.

“This happened in their town and then the guy gets killed in their police station,” Thomas A. Reppetto, a police historian, said in an interview. “It just destroyed the reputation of the department.”

Chief Brown’s efforts have raised the department’s profile while putting it at the forefront of a national debate over how the police can regain the trust of citizens.

In Thursday’s attack, the deadliest for law enforcement officers in America since Sept. 11, 2001, he saw further urgency in this debate.

“All I know is that this must stop — this divisiveness between our police and our citizens,” he said on Friday.

Why This Pistol-Whipped Cop Didn’t Fight Back

An Alabama police detective who was attacked, pistol-whipped with his own gun and had mocking pictures of himself posted on social media afterwards, was hesitant to protect himself for fear of retribution on the streets and in the media, according to the local Fraternal Order of Police president.

Sgt. Heath Boackle, president of the Birmingham Lodge at the Alabama Fraternal Order of Police, said the officer was hesitant to use his weapon against the suspect and instead had it taken from him.

The unnamed officer pulled over a man last Friday in a GMC Yukon. The man got out of the car despite the officer instructing him otherwise and a tussle ensued, according to department reports. During the confrontation, 34-year-old Jenard Shamar Cunningham took the officer’s gun and pistol-whipped him until he was unconscious, according to AL.com.

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