Fallen Baton Rouge police officer Montrell Jackson has this message for his city
The shooters – in Dallas and now the three police officers murdered Sunday in Baton Rouge – targeting our law-enforcement officers speaks to an apparent divide in our nation. But one man endeavored to bridge that apparent divide during his time with the Baton Rouge Police Department.
“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,” wrote fallen Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson in a July 8 Facebook post.
Officer Jackson, murdered Sunday by alleged Baton Rouge killer and ex-Marine Gavin Long, had been working long hours maintaining the peace during protests held in the wake of officer-involved shootings that ended in the deaths of two African-American men: Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
“Thank you to everyone that has reached out to me or my wife it was needed and much appreciated. 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. I’ve experienced so much in my short life and these last 3 days have tested me to the core,” Officer Jackson adds.
A 10-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department, Officer Jackson leaves behind his wife and infant son. Our thoughts and prayer go out to his loved ones and the families of the other men killed Sunday.
Read the full Facebook post in the tweet below:
— David Jones II (@davidjonesusa) July 17, 2016