Baton Rouge police officer Montrell Jackson was feeling emotionally and physically drained by the recent violence involving police. So he took to Facebook to write an emotional post about what it was like to be both black and a cop--and a plea for his readers to not "let hate infect your heart."
Just two weeks later, he was killed on the job.
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Jackson was one of the officers slain on July 17 in Baton Rouge, following a series of horrific shootings that have rocked the whole country.
And now, the message of reflection on the violence he posted just days before his untimely death is going viral.
"I swear to God I love this city, but I wonder if this city loves me," Jackson wrote in the post. "In uniform I get nasty hateful looks, and out of uniform some consider me a threat."
Despite the pain, Jackson did have an optimistic view of the future--and where we go as a country from here.
"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," he wrote.
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Jackson's words are worth a read--now more than ever.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jackson's family during this tough time, and with everyone else who has been a victim of violence.
via The Daily Beast