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Three Cops Slain In Baton Rouge

Just got out of church and learned that three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers where shot dead in BR today. Two are wounded and hospitalized. One other was shot, but apparently seems not to have been hospitalized and was sent to a different hospital; information sketchy now. One suspect dead, two at large, reports say. The very latest is cops are said to be in a standoff with one suspect. Not sure yet what happened. An ambush? Hard to say. One witness I’m listening to now on WAFB, the CBS station in Baton Rouge, said suspects were shooting with semiautomatic weapons before police arrived. He said he saw one man dead and a man with a gun running towards him — this, 45 seconds before police arrived on the scene. If so, that would indicate that this might not be a Dallas-style premeditated cop killing.

Community leaders calling for no Alton Sterling protests in the city today.

No news yet as to the race of the suspects or victims.

The city is extremely on edge now. It’s hard to imagine what will happen next. Actually it’s all too easy to imagine it. God help us. I’ll update this post as we know more.

UPDATE: Last week, BRPD arrests thwarted an alleged plot to murder police [1], tied to a pawn-shop robbery. One of the suspects arrested is 13 years old.

UPDATE.2: Three police officers are dead in Baton Rouge, and the public does not yet know who did the shootings or why, but this scumbag, the LGBT editor at Think Progress and, in his own words, “proud SJW,” is already busy blaming law enforcement:

There are no words. Well, actually there are words, but I will not say them. Zack Ford and those like him are making America worse.

BTW, local BR media reporting that the dead shooter is from Missouri.

UPDATE.3: Shooter was Gavin Eugene Long, black male, from Kansas City, Mo. [3] Today was his 29th birthday.

UPDATE.4: Here is Montrell Jackson, one of the Baton Rouge police officers killed today, and his now-fatherless son, in happier times:

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UPDATE.5: A Facebook post from Ofc. Jackson, during the protests in Baton Rouge:

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And here is one of the other officers killed today, Ofc. Matthew Gerald, and the woman who is now his widow:

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UPDATE.6: The Daily Caller found some YouTube videos posted by Gavin Long. [7] He was a stone-cold white-hating racist.

UPDATE.7: The third dead police officer was Brad Garofala, a father of four who was set to go on vacation Monday.  [8]

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#1 Comment By Isidore the Farmer On July 17, 2016 @ 9:19 pm

How many murders does a leftist movement need to inspire before the press will begin to call it extreme or radical?

Oh, who am I kidding? The history of the 20th century shows that number can get well past seven figures…

#2 Comment By Fran Macadam On July 17, 2016 @ 9:22 pm

There’s nothing more needed in our society than a taboo on violence and killing, no matter the provocation – internationally, nationally, and in communities and families.

Let’s stop entertaining ourselves with the pornography of violence. We certainly aren’t listening to our better angels when we celebrate violence and retaliation.

Violence is not the Way of Christ.

#3 Comment By Dj On July 17, 2016 @ 9:26 pm

I think something that everyone is forgetting that blm condemns these attacks and they protest but the organizers want peaceful resolutions and the bad cops held accountable. It is incredibly well documented that the police forces across America have an racist tinge in searching. Even Neil degrasse Tyson got stopped repeatedly bringing physics books into a physics building. But the police officers as a whole have a blue wall of silence against this issue. Does no one remember when half the NYC cops turned their backs on the mayor after he talked about warning his half black son to be careful of them.
Dreher talks about how the Christians in America have their heads on the sand about the future of Christianity. Cops have their backs to blacks and refuse to confront this issue. And they won’t have to as long as people like those in the comments keep calling for the end of the “terrorist organization like blm.”.

#4 Comment By Elrond On July 17, 2016 @ 9:30 pm

JonF, yeah, BLM had nothing to do with these assassinations in the same way that Islam had nothing to do with Omar Mateen and the Nice truck driver. You really believe that, don’t you?

The truth is that Obama/Lynch have put the full weight of their authority behind and given unqualified backing to BLM’s anti-police narratives. In one of the most obscene speeches ever given by a US president, Obama even used the memorial for the white Dallas officers to call for gun control and the lecture the county on racism. Obama is obsessed with the idea white are out to get the blacks. In that quote posted by Anne up thread, notice how Obama spends 4 out of the 12 words in the sentence trying to protect BLM. One third of the sentence.

Sorry, but the Baton Rouge shooter’s Twitter was filled with nothing but BLM propaganda from July 7th until today. Please check it out when you can.

I will close out this sad day by saying I stand by my hot take from this morning. BLM and their apologists own this.

#5 Comment By df On July 18, 2016 @ 12:08 am

Rod, please post where donations are to be sent to help the families.

#6 Comment By JonF On July 18, 2016 @ 6:00 am

Stephen Hall,
Despite impressions to the contrary being a policeman is far from the most dangerous work in our country. And the job comes with a decent salary, good benefits (including a pension) and real job security. Nor does it require an extensive education leaving one in $$$ of debt. People will still be clamoring to do it.

#7 Comment By MikeCLT On July 18, 2016 @ 6:58 am

@ Franklin Evans

I believe you owe Elrond an apology. The head of the Cleveland police union agrees with Elrond. FWIW, so do many of the cops I know. They would add the blood of the two cops slain in NYC last year and the five cops in Dallas. And they include Eric Holder on the list of the culpable.

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Every two years the White House and it’s media allies try to angry up the black vote to increase turnout. This year the DOJ has scheduled the federal trial to start the day before Election Day on November 8, 2016. This will ensure weeks of media coverage of the Charleston massacre just before Election Day. The state trial is scheduled to start in January 2017. The reason it is scheduled for 2017 is that prosecutors and judges do not like to have major trials during the holidays. It negatively affects jurors and the jury pool. Another example would be the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin case. The only reason this became a national news story and Obama got involved was because the media believed Zimmerman was a white guy. They even invented a new racial category of “white Hispanic” to describe him when it became clear that Zimmerman didn’t look like a white guy.

If you have the humility and intellectual integrity to step outside your comfort zone, you might check out Steve Sailer on this issue. He documents it pretty well.

#8 Comment By SteveM On July 18, 2016 @ 7:21 am

Re: Str8Grandmother “Can you provide a link to that video of the cop puling over the couple with the woman in labor?

Here’s two of them:

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Keep in mind that the Goon Brains would actually have shot those guys based on the slightest move.

The cop killings are exercises in episodic psychopathy. Goon Brain syndrome in cops is systemic. Killing cops is morally atrocious but it doesn’t attenuate the now normative abuse of constitutional rights and civil liberties by cops.

#9 Comment By Elijah On July 18, 2016 @ 7:57 am

@ Siarlys: long before we were married, my wife dated a young man who desperately wanted to be a cop. My wife learned – anecdotally, to be sure – that there are two kinds of folks who want to be cops: first is the person who genuinely wants to protect and serve, and second is the guy (usually) who wants to have the authority to beat others down. Sometimes it’s a mix.

But we need better psychological profiles to avoid recruiting the kind of cops you mentioned. They should be summarily fired.

#10 Comment By M_Young On July 18, 2016 @ 10:22 am

MikeCLT has knocked it out of the park.

The Obama/Holder regime waged war against a small St. Louis suburb for nearly a year. Finding their ‘casus belli’ was about as legitimate as Dubya’s WMD, they kept the war up, moving the goalposts and criticizing a city for having the temerity of enforcing its quality of life laws.

Holder’s audience, the key demographic in the Democratic coalition and Holder/Obama’s own power base, is seven (7) seven times more likely to kill than white Americans. The average IQ of its members is something around 90. Riling up that audience with bogus tales that the cops are out to get them has had predictable consequences.

#11 Comment By Michael Guarino On July 18, 2016 @ 10:23 am

You may or may not agree with Coates’ argument, or like the way he links the shootings with black Americans’ experiences with the police. But I can’t see how you can fairly read what he said as “lack of condemnation”.

No, absolutely not. You are giving him far too much credit, as nearly every liberal commentator does. Here is the closing paragraph of that article:

There is no shortcut out. Sanctimonious cries of nonviolence will not help. “Retraining” can only do so much. Until we move to the broader question of policy, we can expect to see Walter Scotts and Freddie Grays with some regularity. And the extent to which we are tolerant of the possibility of more Walter Scotts and Freddie Grays is the extent to which we are tolerant of the possibility of more Micah Xavier Johnsons.

His conclusion is basically: get on board with BLM or accept that black people will keep murdering cops. Saying it was “murder” and “atrocious” was basically phatic, he is going to make no effort to put this stuff beyond the pale of the movement at all. Anyone should be terrified that this is the leading light on race issues in America.

Seriously read that article without partisan bias (if that is even possible now), and ask yourself whether he is really trying to keep something like this from happening again or whether he is feeding the panic that caused the cop killing in the first place.

A condemnation would explicitly say that cop killing has no place in activism around police violence. Coates just used 5000 words to try and give it historical context.

#12 Comment By M_Young On July 18, 2016 @ 10:25 am

“Re: Str8Grandmother “Can you provide a link to that video of the cop puling over the couple with the woman in labor?

Here’s two of them:”

The first instance at least is of a white guy, the second (I’m guessing) is of a white, Jewish female. Yet we are constantly told that whites aren’t mistreated by police.

#13 Comment By Ben H On July 18, 2016 @ 10:26 am

“This year the DOJ has scheduled the federal trial to start the day before Election Day on November 8, 2016.”

Great point. These anti-cops nuts are being incited, recklessly. Obama, Soros etc know that cop killings incited by their overhyped narrative is likely because its happened before (2014 in NYC). They want blacks to vote their way and are riling up fear and anger to drive them to the polls. By their behavior (forget empty words) we know that some cop murders and riots are an acceptable price to pay for their success. Its uncomfortable to think of the powerful treating us like chess pieces that can be sacrificed so they can win the game but that is what is happening.

As a result of this cops will pull back from anything involving risk to them and neighborhoods and public spaces will become more dangerous to normal people. The result will be less order, more coffins, more unlivable hellhole streets and parks. This happened when liberals on the Warren Court decided public order was not necessary and will happen again.

#14 Comment By JonF On July 18, 2016 @ 12:36 pm

Re: JonF, yeah, BLM had nothing to do with these assassinations in the same way that Islam had nothing to do with Omar Mateen and the Nice truck driver. You really believe that, don’t you?

I believe that these guys are basically psychopaths– in the Baton Rouge case Rod has a post up quoting the murderer’s diary, which is Exhibit A in that case. People like that will grab onto any rationalization for their vile actions so they can pretend to be going out in a blaze of glory and not a stench of infamy.

Once again, the blame belongs to the murderers alone– as far as we know there were no accomplices as that term is generally understood, both inside and outside court rooms. Trying to blame Obama is every bit as idiotic and morally obtuse as blaming Newt Gingrich and the Republicans back in 1995 for Tim McVeigh’s atrocity.

Not everything has to be politicized.

#15 Comment By Franklin Evans On July 18, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

If I must owe an apology to Elrond or anyone else, so too does he and others owe an equal apology to every BLM supporter who has personally experienced police brutality, wrongful arrest and racial profiling.

Put that in your guilt-by-association pipe and smoke it.

I will offer zero respect to any use of guilt by association. It is the hot button to end all hot buttons for me, used against me on three different levels all of my life. I will not offer a rebuttal to it, because it is the precise intention behind the classic cliche question “have you stopped beating your wife yet?”

Think about that, think about the propaganda behind using scapegoats to promote political agendas, and think about this: I don’t care what your intentions are, guilt by association is immoral, and it promotes acts of evil.

Yes, I will apply exactly that to anyone, no matter what the issue is or where they stand on it. And I will point out to every Christian asserting guilt by association that your time is coming soon, at the hands of the social justice warriors you despise and the LGBT agenda supporters you brand as evil, who want to bankrupt your business or deny you employment or housing because they brand you bigots. You want my respect, stop using their tactics.

#16 Comment By Franklin Evans On July 18, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

The ACLU set the standard for protection of the freedom of speech, when they [12]. Is there a group that exists or ever existed that can more validly be criticized for inspiring violent acts?

That is what freedom of speech means, and that is what is in danger with every attempt to use guilt by association.

#17 Comment By al On July 18, 2016 @ 3:46 pm

“A question for the gun control folks here: how do you know those cutthroats were using legally purchased weapons?”

We don’t but that’s irrelevant if we drastically reduce the numbers of these weapons – a rifle sized object is bigger than a dime bag.

#18 Comment By Reinhold On July 18, 2016 @ 4:12 pm

“yeah, BLM had nothing to do with these assassinations in the same way that Islam had nothing to do with Omar Mateen and the Nice truck driver.”
It did, in exactly the same way that anti-abortion ideology had something to do with Robert Lewis Dear: someone was inspired by an ideology to kill people. I don’t remember anyone on the Christian right apologizing for their polemics against Planned Parenthood after the Colorado shooting (“No more baby parts!” was his rallying cry) and they SHOULDN’T HAVE TO. I can’t think of an ideology which hasn’t inspired murder, can you?

#19 Comment By Reinhold On July 18, 2016 @ 4:14 pm

“As a result of this cops will pull back from anything involving risk to them and neighborhoods and public spaces will become more dangerous to normal people.”
No, they will militarize more, and use force less hesitantly. The predictable consequence of terrorism is more state violence, not less.

#20 Comment By mrscracker On July 19, 2016 @ 9:41 am

Reinhold :I can’t think of an ideology which hasn’t inspired murder, can you?”
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I’d have to think about it awhile but I know abolition of slavery sure inspired John Brown & his sons to murder. I didn’t realize till watching a program on TV that some abolitionists were supplying him with weapons.

#21 Comment By Michael Guarino On July 19, 2016 @ 5:08 pm

I’d have to think about it awhile but I know abolition of slavery sure inspired John Brown & his sons to murder. I didn’t realize till watching a program on TV that some abolitionists were supplying him with weapons.

And Henry David Thoreau, the progenitor of civil disobedience, [13] him.