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These are just some of the things that may have been on Officer Montrell Jackson’s mind when he opened up his heart in a Facebook post on July 8.
“I’m tired physically and emotionally,” Jackson began his post.
“Disappointed in some family, friends and officers for some reckless comments but hey what’s in your heart is in your heart.”
RIP Baton Rouge Police officer Montrell Jackson pic.twitter.com/h7zGQIR4fV
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 17, 2016
The new father was reflecting on a tumultuous few weeks in news, that saw bloodshed hit the cover of thousands of papers and websites across the world. Two of his fellow officers were at the center of much of it, after a man man named Alton Sterling was killed while police pinned him down in an effort to arrest him. Sterling had a gun on his person, in compliance with Louisiana’s open carry laws.
Like many police shootings, the incident was caught on camera, and tensions were high in Louisiana.
On Facebook, Jackson’s attempted to reconcile the anger and strong emotions from his friends and family after such a painful few days.
“I’ve experienced so much in my short life and these last 3 days have test me to the core,” Jackson wrote.
“These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better.”
On Sunday, Jackson was one of several officers who responded to a report of a “suspicious person” armed with a rifle. When they arrived at the scene the officers were ambushed with gunfire from Gavin Long of Kansas City.
Three officers were killed including Jackson.