Police: Shooting Not Clearly Linked to Alton Sterling Death
Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson declined to directly connect Sunday’s attack on six Baton Rouge law enforcement officers to the fatal police involved shooting of Alton Sterling on July 5.
He says the police have not annulled any motives for why former Marine Veteran, Gavin Long of Kansas City, Mo., came to Baton Rouge and shot the officers, killing three of them, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. Edmonson said there was no evidence and “nothing to believe” that the 29-year old attacked specifically attacked the officers in retaliation for Sterling’s death.
“We certainly haven’t ruled out anything but there’s nothing to believe at this point that we can say it has something to do with that. Clearly the landscape has changed since Dallas, I think you all have seen that. As a country you’ve seen that.” Edmond said at a press conference on Monday.
Long was located in Baton Rouge for several days prior to the shooting and NBC reports he was also in Dallas immediately after the police shootings on July 7. When asked if Long joined any protests in regards to Sterling’s death, Edmond refused to release any further information involving Long’s whereabouts and activities.
In the attack, Long shot and killed Dep. Brad Garofala, Ofc. Matthew Gerald, and Cpl. Montrell Jackson and three other Baton Rouge cops before being killed by police gunfire.
Under the name Cosmo Setepenra on social media, Long angrily referred to the police involved killings of black men that sparked several protests and national outrage. Following the fatal shootings of five officers in Dallas, the Washington Post, reported Long vindictively addressed the incident, saying “I’m not gonna harp on that, you know, with a brother killing the police… That’s, it’s justice.”