Situationen efter politidrabene i Baton Rouge minder om reaktionen på Nice-terroren: Myndighederne siger de leder efter et motiv.
Når politiet selv slår fast at Gavin Long var ude efter at dræbe flest mulig politifolk virker det meningsløst at lede på motivet.
“Our preliminary investigation shows that he definitely ambushed those officers,” Lt. J.B. Slaton, a public affairs commander for the Louisiana State Police, said in a phone interview Monday morning. “We are still trying to find out what his motive was, and that’s going to be part of our investigation. But we believe he was targeting those officers.”
Den politiske korrekthed har ædt sig ind på politiets vurderingsevne. Man må ikke se eller sige det alle ser: Det kaldes the war on cops. Er det fordi det er politisk følsomt at skulle definere hvor den kommer fra og hvem der inspirerer til den?
“There was no doubt in my mind” that Mr. Long had intended to kill the officers, Colonel Edmonson said on CNN. Lieutenant Slaton said Mr. Long had been positively identified with the use of fingerprint records.As investigators worked, details about Mr. Long, 29, of Kansas City, Mo., began to emerge. Like the gunman who killed five police officers more than a week ago in Dallas, Mr. Long had served abroad in the military.
Long mentions the July 4 holiday as a celebration of an uprisings against oppressive forces, and without mentioning Micah Xavier Johnson — the Dallas shooter — by name, he questions why some violent actions are perceived as criminal while others are celebrated.A video posted two days earlier is a bit more cryptic, but makes more sense in the aftermath of his shooting rampage.“I just wanted to let y’all know, don’t affiliate me with nothing,” he says. He says he wanted people to know that his actions were his alone.He then goes on to list organizations he may be affiliated with — including the Nation of Islam (which he says he was a member of), Floyd Mayweather’s The Money Team (he’s wearing their hat) and terror groups like ISIS.
After he was killed, investigators found a card on Long’s body suggesting he was a member of the Washitaw Nation, according to two law enforcement officials.The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Washitaw Nation “as a sovereign tribe descended from pre-Columbian blacks who settled in North America.”Long legally changed his name to Cosmo Ausar Setepenra in May 2015, claiming that he was “seeking to correct” his name, because he was part of the indigenous society, United Washitaw De Dugdahmoundvah Mu’er nation.
Source: Souther Poverty Law Center
Der er endnu en tråd i Longs radikalisme: Han troede at myndighederne er i gang med fjernstyring af folks hjerner.
Long followed several conspiracy groups devoted to government surveillance and monitoring. An email address linked to him showed that he was a member of a support group in an organization called Freedom from Covert Harassment and Surveillance.The group’s mission is to help those “marginalized and abused by … remote brain experimentation, remote neural monitoring of an entire humans body.”On that site he’s identified as a “Buddy” representing other “targets” of government surveillance.