Three officers were shot to death, and three others were injured in a Sunday morning shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sgt. Don Coppola told CNN.
In a news conference, police said they responded to a call of a “suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle.” After police arrived, the shooting started.
Police said the three officers who were injured remain hospitalized. The victims come from both Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
After Alton Sterling was shot to death by Baton Rouge police July 5, the department has had their guard up and have worried about threats against officers.
People are taking to social media to react to this morning’s shootings, with many intertwining the Black Lives Matter movement. Here are some of the reactions so far:
Deray McKesson, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, stated the following:
Shaun King said he has already been blamed for the shootings:
Others are adamantly defending Black Lives Matter in relation to this morning’s shooting:
“New York for Trump” is advertising a petition to make Black Lives Matter a terrorist organization after this morning’s news:
Some seem to be blaming the organization:
People are also taking to Facebook to react to the shootings. Richard Truesdell posted:
I’m 61 years old and I can’t remember any time in my life that race relations are as bad as they are now, going back to 1967 when race riots spread across the country.
There is a limit to the exercise of free speech. just like you can’t cry “fire” in a crowded theater, nor can you have people marching screaming “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon” or “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” The next time one of these Black Lives Matter radical activists incite violence against police, they are arrested… period.
I wish the violence would just stop. It’s wrong on both sides. Indeed there is an injustice and systemic oppression pressing down on our people judicially. Whites are getting the minimum penalty while blacks receive the maximum for the same or lesser crime. I get it. We are just sick and tired of the organized slavery, but killing cops isn’t the answer because you may be killing one who is actually a good human being.
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