The 29-year-old black man who opened fire on unsuspecting officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning, Gavin Eugene Long, was an openly racist member of the hate group “Nation of Islam.” Long operated an extensive youtube channel filled with anti-white and anti-police ramblings. Many of his rants were filled with derogatory terms for white people such as “crackas” and advocated violence against police.
Police believe that Long’s Youtube channel, which has recently been deactivated, is the key to determining the motive for his shooting. Many of his recent videos obsessed over the killings of Alton Sterling, which took place only five miles from where his own massacre took place.
In the video Long regularly speaks about his hate of “working for the white people.” and encourages others to do the same. He encouraged anyone watching his videos to shop only at black-owned businesses and avoid supporting “white culture” in anyway possible. In one video he brought up a hypothetical scenario in which a family member who wanted to buy carpet was forced to buy from non-black business owners.
“Who’s she going to fuck with? The cracker, the Arab, the Chinese. These Arabs, these Indians, they don’t give two fucks about us.”
Despite having video evidence of Long’s racist beliefs police claim that that the shooting does not appear to have been race-related as one of the police officers killed in the attack was black.
A video of Long attempting to distance himself from any groups was released the day before his attack. His thinly-veiled attempt to distance himself from the groups that influenced his thoughts and beliefs was one of the last videos posted before he took the lives of three police officers. He claims that “if anything happens” it is done because he “acted on his own.” The timing of the release of the video indicates that the attack was premeditated and that Long was attempting to protect any radical groups he was affiliated with.
“If anything happens with me, because I’m an alpha male, I stand up, I stand firm, I stand for mine, until the end. Yeah, I also was a Nation of Islam member. Don’t affiliate me with it. Don’t affiliate me with anything.”
The video can be seen below:
Police have reported that Long is was also a member of the “sovereign citizen movement”, a group of anti-government extremists who believe that even though they physically reside in this country, they are separate or “sovereign” from its laws, regulations and governement bodies. His youtube account confirms that he was indeed interested in the movement.