6. Long Often Posted on Websites About Government Conspiracy Theories, Including Gang-Stalking
Long posted on conspiracy theory websites focusing on government surveillance and monitoring, according to CNN.
He was a member of a “support group” called “Freedom from Covert Harassment and Surveillance,” a site about “gang-stalking” that aims to help those “marginalized and abused by” things including “remote brain experimentation” and “remote neural monitoring of an entire humans (sic) body.”
He posted on a website called stopgangstalking.com.
In a recent podcast posted to his website, he talked about an altercation he had with a superior during his time stationed in San Diego. He said that interaction has led to the government blacklisting him from employment opportunities.
7. He Ranted in His Podcasts & on His Blog About Being an Alpha Male
Several of his posts on his website include misogynistic themes about being an “alpha male.” He also began a weekly podcast in April, which he hosted on iTunes:
Uniting the Entrepreneur and the Alpha Male as One= “The ALPHA PRENEUR”. Convos With Cosmo is the worlds foremost authority on “Alpha Preneurism”. It is an Open Conversation on what it means to be an Alpha Preneur (an ALPHA male/female ENTREPRENEUR). I examine Alphahood in an Educational and Entertaining way….EDUTAINMENT. However, I do so in a NO nonsense approach; Were waging war against Bitchassness, Beta-Males, Complainers and Blamers, Purposeless and Pussy Whipped Men. And anything else that would keep a Man from walking in his complete and full masculinity. Mission Statement: For the absolute annihilation and reformation away from Bitchassness behavior; And for the complete and total reclamation of Alphahood.
Long was divorced, according to court records. He filed for divorce from his wife in 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri court. He and his wife did not have children at the time of the divorce and it is not known if Long has any children from other relationships or if he had re-married.
Long filed for divorce on February 14, 2011, and it was finalized on May 24, 2011.
8. All 3 of the Slain Officers Were Husbands & Fathers, Police Say
The slain officers have been identified as Baton Rouge Police Officers Montrell Jackson and Matthew Gerald and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola. All three were husbands and fathers.
Jackson recently posted a heartfelt message on Facebook about being a police officer.
“I’m tired physically and emotionally,” Jackson wrote. “Disappointed in some family, friends, and officers for some reckless comments but hey what’s in your heart is in your heart. I still love you all because hate takes too much energy but I definitely won’t be looking at you the same. Thank you to everyone that has reached out to me or my wife it was needed and much appreciated. I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me.”
Jackson’s son was born in March.
The 32-year-old was a 10-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Gerald served in the Marine Corps and was married with two children.
He graduated from the police academy in March.
Garafola, 45, was a married father of four.
He had served as a deputy in the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for 24 years.
9. The Shooting Came After Threats Had Been Made Against Police & Several Days of Protests Following the Shooting of Alton Sterling
The shooting came after several days of protests over the death of Alton Sterling, who was fatally shot by police on July 5. Video of the shooting recorded by a witness was shared on social media.
The investigation into that shooting is ongoing.
The large protests have led to hundreds of arrests in Baton Rouge.
During the protests in Baton Rouge, police uncovered a “credible threat,” against officers.
Baton Rouge Police announced last week that they had arrested multiple people involved in a burglary of a pawn shop tied to a threat against police officers, The Advocate reports.
Four burglars broke into a pawn shop and stole eight handguns, police said. One suspect told police they were looking for bullets to kill officers, police said.
Police arrested four people, including a 12-year-old boy, in the case.
10. The Governor Called the Shooting Deaths of the Officers an ‘Unspeakable & Unjustified Attack’
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called the attack an “unspeakable and unjustified attack.”
Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden called the shooting an “ambush” and asked for prayers for the wounded officers.
The mayor, governor and police officials were at the hospital Sunday afternoon to support the wounded officers and their families.
President Barack Obama issued a statement on the shooting Sunday afternoon:
I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge. For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault. These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop.
I’ve offered my full support, and the full support of the federal government, to Governor Edwards, Mayor Holden, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Baton Rouge Police Department. And make no mistake – justice will be done.
We may not yet know the motives for this attack, but I want to be clear: there is no justification for violence against law enforcement. None. These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one. They right no wrongs. They advance no causes. The officers in Baton Rouge; the officers in Dallas – they were our fellow Americans, part of our community, part of our country, with people who loved and needed them, and who need us now – all of us – to be at our best.
Today, on the Lord’s day, all of us stand united in prayer with the people of Baton Rouge, with the police officers who’ve been wounded, and with the grieving families of the fallen. May God bless them all.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reacted to the shooting on social media. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, has not commented on the shooting.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown shared a message of support on Twitter.
Five officers were fatally shot in Dallas in an ambush attack earlier this month.