The man who police say shot and killed three police officers in Baton Rouge today is a U.S. Marine veteran who served in Iraq named Gavin Eugene Long.
He is the second veteran this month to use his military training to kill cops as payback for the way they have been killing citizens.
Today was his 29th birthday. Louisiana police say they shot and killed him.
Long, who went by Cosmo Setepenra on YouTube, posted a video on July 10, 2016 after the Dallas police shootings where he speaks about fighting against oppression through bloodshed.
In the video, which was posted six days after Independence Day, he speaks about how the United States celebrates how they fought against their oppressors.
“But when an African fights back, he is wrong,” he says. “But every time a European fights back against his oppressor, he is right.”
“One hundred percent of revolutions, of victims fighting their oppressors, from victims fighting their bullies, one hundred percent have been successful through fighting back, through bloodshed,” he says.
“Zero have been successful over simply protesting. It doesn’t, it has never worked and it never will. You’ve got to fight back. That’s the only way a bully knows to quit, he doesn’t know words. He doesn’t understand words, I promise you. He doesn’t understand protests.”
He described himself as a “freedom strategist” on Twitter where he tweeted the following Saturday night, only hours before police say he walked down a street in Baton Rouge armed with a rifle, drawing attention of police before he killed three.
He also has books available on Amazon where he writes about his version of spirituality.
In the second video below, he explains that he is not affiliated with any group. That he is affiliated with the “spirit of justice, nothing more, nothing less.”
In 2014, he spent some time in Africa where he recorded the following video.
A Missouri reporter who visited an address listed to Long said she was greeted by a man with an AK-47.
We went to the door and another reporter asked the man if he knew Gavin Long. He responded by opening the door with an AK 47.
— Megan Brilley (@meganbrilley) July 17, 2016