The words of one of the fallen Baton Rouge police officers are going viral in the wake of his death. Written in the aftermath of the Dallas ambush on police officers that left 5 dead and 7 wounded, the Facebook post is now being shared around the globe.
Montell Jackson was a decorated 10 year veteran of the Baton Rouge police department when he was shot and killed in another ambush attack that left 3 officers dead and 3 wounded.
Jackson, who once needed medical treatment for smoke inhalation after running into a burning building to rescue a child, loved being a police officer but feared how officers were being portrayed and targeted
“I’m tired physically and emotionally. Disappointed in some family, friends, and officers for some reckless comments but hey what’s in your heart is in your heart. I still love you all because hate takes too much energy but I definitely won’t be looking at you the same.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me or my wife it was needed and much appreciated. I swear to God 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.
“I’ve experienced so much in my short life and these last 3 days have tested me to the core. When people you know begin to question your integrity you realize they don’t really know you at all. Look at my actions they speak LOUD and CLEAR.
“Finally I personally want to send prayers out to everyone directly affected by this tragedy. These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better. I’m working in these streets, so any protesters, officers, friends, family, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer. I got you.”
— Hannah Covington (@DoulaHannah) July 17, 2016
Just 4 months ago, Jackson’s wife gave birth to his son, Mason. A GoFundMe page has been set up by family members to support Jackson’s wife and newborn son.