La. Montrell Jackson and two other Baton Rouge law enforcement officers were killed Sunday, but just days before his death, Jackson took to Facebook and shared with the world just how hard life was for him right now.
Jackson wrote that he is “physically and emotionally” tired and expressed how difficult it was to be both a police officer and a black man.
“I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me,” Montrell Jackson wrote.
In the Facebook posting Jackson said while in uniform he gets nasty looks and out of uniform some consider him a threat. He said the last 3 days have tested him to the core, but he tells everyone “Please, don’t let hate infect your heart.”
Jackson was a loving father of a 4 month old son, and a protector to everyone who knew him. “With him it was God, family and the police force,” his brother Kedrick Pitts said.
“He went above and beyond … He was a protector.”
He said his brother had been on the force for 10 years, having joined in 2006 and had risen to the rank of corporal. He called Jackson a hard-working police officer who often worked seven days a week.
His aunt, Octavia Lacey, a 55-year-old disabled woman in Baton Rouge, called Jackson an exceptional person.
“Never a problem (as a child,)” she recalled. “Good spirited child.”
She expressed disbelief that her nephew was shot by someone who allegedly came from out of state. “I don’t get it,” she said.
Shootings targeting police in Dallas and Baton Rouge this month have pushed the number of police officers shot and killed nationally in the first seven months of the year to more than 50 percent higher than what it was at this time in 2015. La. Montrell Jackson’s death raises the number of police killed in the line of duty this year to 66.
This war against police needs to end, and it needs to end now.