Slain Baton Rouge Police Officer's Facebook Post Goes Viral
On July 8, Baton Rouge police officer Montrell Jackson posted an emotional Facebook message in light of the Alton Sterling killing. The 32-year-old officer expressed the difficulty of working in law enforcement and being a black man. Nine days later, Jackson was killed along with several other officers in Baton Rouge Sunday (July 17)
Relatives of the slain officer are in mourning and describe him as a "gentle giant" and “protector” after he and another two law enforcement officers were shot. The 10 year police veteran vented about the distrust and hatred he's received, even from close friends and family.
“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 wrote. “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,” Jackson continued.
Jackson leaves behind a wife and 4-month-old son, Mason. Montrell Jackson was 32.
Check out the entire Facebook post below.
Montrell Jackson, an officer killed in #BatonRouge, posted this msg last week. Heartbreaking. RIP.
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) July 17, 2016