The man who police say shot and killed three police officers in Baton Rouge today is a U.S. Marine veteran who served in Iraq named Gavin Eugene Long.
Today was his 29th birthday. Louisiana police say they shot and killed him.
In the video, which was posted six days after Independence Day, he speaks about how the United States celebrates how they fought against their oppressors.
“But when an African fights back, he is wrong,” he says. “But every time a European fights back against his oppressor, he is right.”
“One hundred percent of revolutions, of victims fighting their oppressors, from victims fighting their bullies, one hundred percent have been successful through fighting back, through bloodshed,” he says.
“Zero have been successful over simply protesting. It doesn’t, it has never worked and it never will. You’ve got to fight back. That’s the only way a bully knows to quit, he doesn’t know words. He doesn’t understand words, I promise you. He doesn’t understand protests.”
He described himself as a “freedom strategist” on Twitter where he tweeted the following Saturday night, only hours before police say he walked down a street in Baton Rouge armed with a rifle, drawing attention of police before he killed three.
In the second video below, he explains that he is not affiliated with any group. That he is affiliated with the “spirit of justice, nothing more, nothing less.”
In 2014, he spent some time in Africa where he recorded the following video.
A Missouri reporter who visited an address listed to Long said she was greeted by a man with an AK-47.