The article was updated to include information about Sovereign Citizens, a group the killer might have joined.
The Baton Rouge killer who murdered three police officers and wounded three others, one critically, has been identified as Gavin Eugene Long, age 29, and today is his birthday. He was dressed in black and wearing a mask when he started shooting. This killer came well-prepared from Missouri to launch an assault.
This is Gavin Long.
He used the name Cosmo Setepenra online, and discussed the Dallas attack on police officers and recent police shootings of black men in social media posts.
“Violence is not THE answer (its a answer), but at what point do you stand up so that your people dont become the Native Americans…EXTINCT?,” he wrote on Twitter on July 13.
All these lies by our administration – the false narrative they are spreading – seem to be directly linked to today’s killings.
Long of Kansas City, Missouri, was born on July 17 1987 according to official records.
He was listed as a Dean’s List student at the University of Alabama in 2012, according to the school’s website, Heavy reported.
The gunman began firing “indiscriminately” Sunday morning near Hammond Aire Plaza, WBRZ reports. He was also wearing body armor, police said.
The killer is an African-American man and might have been a member of an extremist anti-government group, at least that is being investigated. It’s also been reported by mainstream media that he is a former Marine.
The Wall Street Journal reported from a source that Long was part of an anti-government group called the New Freedom Movement, according to Raw Story. MSNBC also reported relationships with a different anti-government group, the Sovereign Citizens. That’s unconfirmed.
The Baton Rouge Advocate reported that two other men were picked up across the Mississippi River in Addis and were being questioned by police as “persons of interest,” but at today’s news conference, they said there was one shooter.
President Barack Obama said the slayings were attacks “on the rule of law and on civilized society, and they have to stop.” He said there was no justification for violence against law enforcement and the attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one.President Obama talked of unity and the need to temper our words. This comes from the president who has divided us on every level. Obama talking of unity and law and order is odd but welcomed. He didn’t mention the Second Amendment – yet.
— Joe Adalian (@TVMoJoe) July 17, 2016
If he was a member of Sovereign Citizens, the left will promote that as right-wing – another false narrative.
The“sovereign citizen movement,” according to researchers, have an ideology that doesn’t always fit with right-wing movements though it’s been declared right-wing.
How about it almost never does.
It’s not really an ideology so much as they are anarchist gangs.
The University of Michigan survey put cyberterrorism, Sovereign Citizens and Islamic terrorism as the three biggest threats in that order.
According to a survey – “Understanding Law Enforcement Intelligence Processes” – conducted by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) of August 2014:
“Sovereigns do not specifically share the ‘supremacist’ views of the Klan, etc. Their focus is not on individuals (e.g., minorities, Jews, etc.) rather their focus is on government dysfunction and abuse of authority. Their anti-government ideology is arguably more akin to left wing anarchists than right wing Klansmen.”
Mark Potok of the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center said that “What has happened that is very bizarre is that very large numbers of black Americans have adopted the sovereign citizens ideology, but without the racist twist. I would say that if you looked at sovereign citizens today, almost none of them know the racist and anti-Semitic origins of the history. You just don’t hear about it anymore.”
It’s bizarre to him because he doesn’t realize they are leftists more than right-wing. If they were once right-wing, they no longer are.
Sovereign Citizens are racketeers and squatters like Occupiers. This is completely leftist and anarchistic.
We don’t know if he was a Sovereign Citizen but we know they aren’t right-wing.
Updated information on the link below: