Baton Rouge Cop Wrote Moving Facebook Post Before Death

| by Karin Sun
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One of the three police officers killed in a sniper attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 17 penned an emotional Facebook post about two weeks before he was killed.

Montrell Jackson, one of the officers slain in the Baton Rouge shooting, wrote a touching post on Facebook in which he talked about the complexities of being a police officer and a black man in America and urged others not to "let hate infect your heart."

In the message, which was posted to the social media site on July 8, Jackson expressed concern for those affected by the July 7 incident in Dallas in which five police officers were killed by a sniper.

He wrote that he was "disappointed in some family, friends, and officers" for their "reckless comments" in the wake of the Dallas shooting and urged the people affected by the tragedy to not "let hate infect your hearts."

Jackson, 32, also ruminated on the judgment he has been subjected to as both a police officer and a black man in these "trying times."

"In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat," he wrote. "I've experienced so much in my short life and these last 3 days have tested me to the core."

"When people you know begin to question your integrity, you realize they don't really know you at all," he continued in the post. "Look at my actions they speak LOUD and CLEAR."

Kristi Vick Godal reposted Jackson's message on Facebook the day he was killed; it has received more than 4,500 shares in 18 hours.

Jackson, along with two other officers, was shot dead in the line of duty by 29-year-old Gavin Eugene Long in Baton Rouge July 17, The Huffington Post reported. The incident occurred 10 days after a similar shooting in Dallas which took the lives of five police officers as they supervised a peaceful protest over the fatal police shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.

According to data gathered by the Guardian, at least 146 black men have been killed by police in 2016, The Huffington Post noted.

Jackson's sister, Joycelyn Jackson, told The Washington Post that she understood the anger behind the Black Lives Matter movement but believed that "God gives nobody the right to kill and take another person's life."

"It's coming to the point where no lives matter," she said. "Whether you're black or white or Hispanic or whatever."

Family members have created a GoFundMe page for Jackson, who leaves behind a wife and newborn son. 

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Kristi Vick Godal/Facebook / Photo Credit: Joycelyn Jackson via The Washington Post

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