Baton Rouge is still reeling from the murder of three law enforcement officers on Sunday by a lone gunman. Today, we're learning details about East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy Brad Garafola, Baton Rouge Police Department Officers Matthew Gerald, and Montrell L. Jackson, the men whose lives were tragically cut short.
Thirty-two year old Montrell Jackson was was already a 10-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department. His sister Joycelyn described her brother as "kind" and "outgoing", according to People Magazine. He leaves behind a wife and a 4-month old son.
Shortly after the death of Alton Sterling, a Black man killed during an altercation with Baton Rouge Police, Jackson wrote a Facebook post in which he lamented the current anger in the city and noted the toll it was taking in him. "I swear to God I love this city," Jackson wrote, "but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat."
Today, Jackson's post is going viral:
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. Thank you to everyone who 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. 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. Finally I personally want to send prayers out to everyone directly affected by this tragedy. 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.