Murdering the police will not stop police brutality
(NOLA) Police brutality is not a problem snipers can solve. Police brutality will not be halted with guerilla warfare or with ambush techniques. We’ve recently seen uniquely disturbing videos of black people killed by police. But lying in wait for police officers – as Baton Rouge authorities say Gavin Long did Sunday and Dallas authorities say Micah Johnson did before him – is not justice. It’s a gross perversion of that concept arising from the kind of eye-for-an-eye mentality that, as Martin Luther King Jr. famously noted, leaves the whole world blind.
There’s still time yet – before darkness completely overwhelms the rest of us. But, tragically, it is already too late for Brad Garafola, Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson, the three law enforcement officers killed in Baton Rouge Sunday morning. Garafola, 45, had been a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for 24 years and was a father of four. Gerald, 41, a rookie officer in the Baton Rouge Police Department, was a father of two who had served in the Marines and the Army and deployed to Iraq three times. Jackson, a 10-year veteran of BRPD, was the father of a 4-month-old baby.