A Baton Rouge police officer killed yesterday by a gunman had voiced both frustration and hope in an emotional Facebook post after the controversial killing of a black man at the hands of police earlier this month.
According to news reports, Montrell Jackson, identified as one of three Baton Rouge, La., officers killed yesterday, expressed pain, frustration and hope on his Facebook page after the July 7 shooting death of Alton Sterling at the hands of white officers.
“I’m tired physically and emotionally. Disappointed in some family, friends, and officers for some reckless comments but hey what’s in your heart is in your heart. I still love you all because hate takes too much energy but I definitely won’t be looking at you the same,” Jackson, the father of a baby boy, wrote July 8.
The Advocate, a Baton Rouge newspaper, reported Jackson has been with Baton Rouge police for a decade.
Jackson continued: “I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat. … When people you know begin to question your integrity you realize they don’t really know you at all. Look at my actions they speak LOUD and CLEAR.”
Jackson ended by writing: “These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better. I’m working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer. I got you.”
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