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Baton Rouge shooting: Montrell Jackson’s emotional post

(ALJAZEERA) July 18, 2016 — One of the three slain officers had written in Facebook of the difficulties being both a policeman and a black man.

Just a few days before he was shot and killed, a US police officer in Baton Rouge had posted a Facebook message sharing his emotional fatigue and expressing how difficult it was to be both a policeman and a black man.

Montrell Jackson, 32, died on Sunday along with two colleagues when a gunman opened fire on them, nearly two weeks after white police in the Louisiana city shot and killed Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man and father of five.

Sterling’s shooting triggered nationwide protests, including one in Dallas where five officers were shot dead.

“These last three days have tested me to the core,”  an emotional Jackson wrote on his Facebook page, in an entry posted the day after the Dallas shootings, and just over a week before he was killed.

“I love this city, but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform, I get nasty hateful looks, and out of uniform some consider me a threat,” said Jackson, who had served in the Baton Rouge force for 10 years and whose partner recently gave birth.

Describing himself as “tired physically and emotionally”, he added: “These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart.”

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