Emotional Facebook post from Baton Rouge officer goes viral after his death
BATON ROUGE, La. — One of the three officers shot and killed in Baton Rouge Sunday is Montrell Jackson, and a recent Facebook post from the 10-year veteran about the difficulties of being an officer in the wake of the death of Alton Sterling is going viral.
The 32-year-old officer leaves behind a wife and a 4-month-old baby, FOX 8 reports, and on July 8 he posted on Facebook about how he was tired physically and emotionally after all that has been happening in his city after police officers shot and killed Alton Sterling.
Jackson was one of several officers shot Sunday. Two other officers are dead, and others are wounded. The shooter has been identified as Gavin Long, click here for more details.
The Facebook post was shared to Jackson’s friends, some of whom have posted screen captures of the post. The full post is below:
“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 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. 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 protestors, officers, friends, family, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer. I got you.”