The police-targeted shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Sunday morning has rocked a community that is already reeling from the shooting of Alton Sterling.Three police were killed, with three more officers injured. One of thedead officers is 32-year-old Montrell Jackson, who was a 10-year veteran of the force, and had become a father just four months ago.
Jackson, a Black officer in a city that has come under the microscope for its segregation issues, took to Facebook just days ago to express his anger and sadness over the recent police killing of fellow Baton Rouge native Sterling. His words are haunting in light of everything that has transpired since.
"I'm tired physically and emotionally," he wrote. "Disappointed in some family, friends, and officers for some reckless comments but hey what’s in your heart is in your heart." And in a tragic moment of premonition, asked, "I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me."
The man responsible for Jackson's death, 29-year-old Gavin Long was not even a member of the Baton Rouge community, having reportedly driven from Kansas City, Missouri to carry out the murderous attack.
Thousands have taken to social media to mourn the loss of an officer, a husband, and a father.
Montrell Jackson. My heart breaks for him and his family #riphero— Brittany B (@bnay333) July 18, 2016
Sister of slain Baton Rouge officer Montrell Jackson: ‘It’s coming to the point where no lives matter’ https://t.co/lFqLegLgyP— Rogue Zionist (@farrightgregy) July 18, 2016
The other two officers killed in the ambush have been identified as Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola. Their deaths are just as tragic and the continued violence has taken a huge toll on their families and love ones as well.
Because of this attack, a baby boy will grow up without a father, and a city will continue on without a man who was clearly one of its unsung heroes.