Monday, July 18, 2016

Baton Rouge Press Conference: Police were Targeted

By Douglas V. Gibbs
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The anti-cop narrative by the Democrat Party and BlackLivesMatter movement has led to an environment where cops are being targeted by armed killers.  Baton Rouge was the scene of three killed officers not long after five were killed in Dallas.  Meanwhile, in Baltimore, where police were being accused of killing a black suspect, Freddie Gray, a name that has become one of the battle cries in the anti-police protests, a fourth police office has been cleared of all charges.

Violence against blacks is a made-up accusation.  Despite the rhetoric, the evidence shows that the police are not purposely targeting black individuals.

Two of the killers, Johnson in Dallas and Mr. Long in Baton Rouge, have military backgrounds, and the media in cahoots with the leftists narrative are hammering on the fact that the killers served in the military, adding to their narrative an anti-military fervor.

In a press conference today the Baton Rouge police have confirmed that they believe the killer specifically “was targeting officers.”

“Our preliminary investigation shows that he definitely ambushed those officers,” Lt. J.B. Slaton, a public affairs commander for the Louisiana State Police, said. “We are still trying to find out what his motive was, and that’s going to be part of our investigation. But we believe he was targeting those officers.”

The superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, Col. Michael D. Edmonson, said that investigators were interviewing people and sifting through visual evidence to track the activities of the gunman, Gavin Long, before he shot the officers, and to find out what brought Mr. Long to the city and why he stayed, adding that it was “critical and important” to get it right.

“There was no doubt in my mind” that Mr. Long had intended to kill the officers, Colonel Edmonson said on CNN. Mr. Long had been positively identified with the use of fingerprint records, Lieutenant Slaton said.

As investigators worked, details about Mr. Long, 29, of Kansas City, Mo., began to emerge. Court records filed in Missouri showed that Mr. Long filed a name-change notice with the Jackson County recorder’s office, seeking to change his name to Cosmo Ausar Setepenra and saying he was a member of an indigenous group. A spokeswoman for the court said Mr. Long never filed a petition with the court, so the document was not legally binding.

Using that name, Mr. Long billed himself online as a self-help author and life coach who could help men become more “alpha.”

The three police officers killed in Baton Rouge were:
  •  Montrell L. Jackson, 32, 10-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department. He and his wife had a baby in March.
  • Matthew Gerald41, served with the Baton Rouge Police Department for less than a year.
  • Brad Garafola45, East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy, father of four.
In one YouTube video, titled “Protesting, Oppression and How to Deal with Bullies,” the shooter in Baton Rouge discussed the killings of African-American men at the hands of police officers, including the July 5 death in Baton Rouge of Alton B. Sterling, and he advocates a bloody response instead of the protests that the deaths sparked.

“One hundred percent of revolutions, of victims fighting their oppressors,” he said, “have been successful through fighting back, through bloodshed. Zero have been successful just over simply protesting. It doesn’t — it has never worked and it never will. You got to fight back. That’s the only way that a bully knows to quit.”

“You’ve got to stand on your rights, just like George Washington did, just like the other white rebels they celebrate and salute did,” he added. “That’s what Nat Turner did. That’s what Malcolm did. You got to stand, man. You got to sacrifice.”

The shopping center where the shooting that killed those three police officers occurred was about a mile from the Baton Rouge Police Headquarters, where protesters had held numerous rallies since July 5, when the police fatally shot Mr. Sterling after a confrontation in front of a convenience store.

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