Friday 9 December 2016

Slain Baton Rouge police officer wrote poignant Facebook post just days before he was killed

Justin Carissim

Published 18/07/2016 | 07:30

Montrell Jackson
Montrell Jackson

The three police officers fatally shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have been identified as one of the officer's final posts on Facebook has sparked a reaction.

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Following the shootout that left three cops killed and three others wounded on Sunday morning, local media and families of the victims identified the fallen officers.

Police also announced that one suspect has been killed and two other persons of interest have been arrested.

Montrell Jackson

Jackson, 32, was a 10 year veteran with the Baton Rouge Police Department. Jackson and his wife gave birth to his son in March of this year.

Jackson’s friend Darnell Murdock says that he loved being a police officer.

"It motivated him to go out and change people's lives. He was on (the force) to help people, to make you have a better day," Murdock told The Advocate. "He was humble, kind and sweet. He wasn't on there to write tickets. I don't understand how this could happen to someone like him."

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Jackson left a Facebook message on July 8 following the recent police shooting of Alton Sterling and the Dallas sniper attack that killed several police 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. 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 protesters, officers, friends, family, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer.

I got you.

Matthew Gerald

Gerald, 42, graduated from the police academy in March, and began patrolling on his own just 12 days ago. He was a former Marine and former Black Hawk crew chief in the US Army, WAFB reports. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

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Brad Garafola

Garafola, 45, was the sheriff's deputy and with the department for 24 years. He leaves a wife and four children.

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