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Published On: Mon, Jul 18th, 2016

Hillary Clinton on Baton Rouge shootings: ‘no justification for violence’

After news that three police officers had been killed and several others wounded in a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

“Today’s devastating assault on police officers in Baton Rouge is an assault on all of us. There is no justification for violence, for hate, for attacks on men and women who put their lives on the line every day in service of our families and communities.

Gavin Long

Gavin Long

“We must not turn our backs on each other. We must not be indifferent to each other. We must all stand together to reject violence and strengthen our communities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of the police officers who were killed and injured today.”

Gavin Long murdered three police officers over the weekend, injuring others, days after the memorial for the five Dallas police officers shot and killed by Micah Johnson.

Long had his name legally changed to Cosmo Ausar Setepenra last year, claiming to have Native American ancestry.

On the site, Cosmo says he traveled extensively in Africa, where he was taught by “native spiritual practitioners and elder holistic healers”. Books written by Cosmo Setepenra are still available on Amazon.

But it is the long trail of social media postings linked to Long that will be most closely scrutinised by investigators.

“Let’s go with the numbers, let’s go with the history. 100% of revolutions, of victims fighting their oppressors… have been successful through fighting back, through bloodshed,” he says in a YouTube video published on 10 July.

“Zero have been successful over simply protesting. It has never worked and it never will. You gotta fight back.”

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