Less than an hour before he killed three Baton Rouge officers, police assassin Gavin Long sent a handwritten note to at least one acquaintance in which he called the killings a “necessary evil” aimed at creating “substantial change in America’s police forces.”
In the message, which was emailed as three photo attachments, Long acknowledges that people who know him will be “in disbelief to hear from the media reports that I am suspected of committing such horrendous acts of violence.”
The email was time-stamped less than an hour before Long was first spotted by police carrying a gun and clad all in black. First reported by BuzzFeed News, the email’s contents were confirmed to NBC News by a recipient, Yarima Kamara.
Long refers in the message to an “unseen & concealed war within America’s police force between Good cops & Bad cops.”
“And the way the current system is set up, it protects all cops whether good or bad, right or wrong, instead of punishing bad cops & holding them accountable for their actions.”
Later in the letter, he says “Therefore I must bring the same destruction that bad cops continue to inflict upon my people, upon bad cops as well as good cops, in the hopes that the good cops (which are the majority) will be able to stand together and enact justice and punishment against bad cops b/c right now the police force & current judicial system is not doing so.”
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