"It's coming to the point where no lives matter. Whether you're black or white or Hispanic or whatever." That's what Joycelyn Jackson has to say after her younger brother, Montrell Jackson, was killed along with two other police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday. Joycelyn Jackson tells the Washington Post she didn't worry about Montrell's line of work—until things in Baton Rouge got tense after the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by police. Montrell, a black man, had written on Facebook about the tension just a few days before his death: "In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat."
The Baton Rouge shooter was reportedly angry about the treatment of black people by police and called the recent killings of five Dallas police officers "justice." The New York Daily News reports that the shooter was particularly incensed after Sterling's death, writing to online radio host Lance Scurvin on July 11 that he was angry body camera footage from the officers involved had not been released to the public. "Yes, they said the body cam fell off (and so allegedly that’s why we couldn't see the shooting), but we (the people) still have a right to see the video no matter what happened," the shooter wrote. "Let us see what was recorded anyway! We can’t just take their word! If 2 body camera's fell off then Let us see the videos with the body Cameras falling off (IF THAT’S WHAT REALLY HAPPENED)." A GoFundMe campaign is raising money for Montrell Jackson's family. (Read more Baton Rouge stories.)