The real Baton Rouge cop-killer exposed: Another 1960’s throwback

Police Officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini. In 1971, two police officers were executed by black nationalists.
Police Officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini. In 1971, two police officers were executed by black nationalists.

The cop-killing gunman, 29-year-old Gavin Long, who ambushed police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, leaving three law enforcement officers dead and another three wounded on Sunday morning is slowly being understood by authorities. Long, who was shot dead by police officers responding to his unprovoked attack, is being “wrapped around” most of the news outlets, who’ve always shown a preference for stories that accuse police of showing a propensity for violence and racism.

According to analysts at the accurate organization Homeland Security News Wire (HSNW), Gavin Long appears to have been motivated by 1960’s-era Black Nationalism movement. Its leaders — such as Malcolm X, Elijah Mohammed and the Nation of Islam, the original Black Panthers and the Symbionese Liberation Army —  called on African Americans to violently fight back against the “white power structure” in the United States. Some even advocated taking land in the U.S. and creating their own Black Power nation.

For example, in 1971 in New York City, Police Officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini were shot and killed while on foot patrol in the Colonial Park Houses public housing complex, at 159th Street and Harlem River Drive. They were ambushed by members of the Black Liberation Army.

As the two patrolmen were returning to their cruiser three suspects snuck up behind them and opened fire. Patrolman Jones was struck in the back of the head and killed instantly. Patrolman Piagentini was shot 13 times and succumbed to his injuries en route to the hospital.

One of the suspects stole Patrolman Jones’ weapon which was later recovered in San Francisco, California, after several BLA members executed a San Francisco police officer, Sergeant John Victor Young.

The three suspects were arrested and sentenced to 25 years to life. One of the suspects died in prison. The other two have been denied parole several times. These two suspects, along with five others, were also involved in the murder of Sgt. Young of the San Francisco Police Department on August 29th, 1971. One has a parole hearing in June, 2018, and the other has his hearing in February, 2018.

Gavin Long’s Comments on Dallas Police Killings

Five days after the fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, Long posted a video on YouTube to express his views on the incident: “I’m not gonna harp on that, you know, with a brother killing the police. You get what I’m saying?” Long said. “That’s, it’s justice.”

In another video, referring to Native Americans, Long said, “When they were extincted by the same people that run this country, my question to you, just something you can think about: At what point should they have stood up?”

In another video, he praised the Deacons for Defense — a group of African Americans who formed an armed self-defense group during the civil rights movement of the 1960s — as men who “when they kids was also getting killed by cops and other white supremacy members, they stood up and stood firm.”

“It’s a time for peace, but it’s a time for war, and most of the times when you want peace, you got to go to war,” Long said in another video. “You see what I’m saying?”

According to Homeland Security News Wire, “Police believe Long was in Baton Rouge to promote a self-help book he wrote and self-published. The book, The Cosmo Way: A W(H)olistic Guide for the Total Transformation of Melanated People, is written under the pen name Cosmo Setepenra. In the introduction, Long claimed that he had a spiritual revelation while in college and soon sold his cars and gave away his material possessions, and took a trip to Africa — his ancestral homeland. He wrote in the book that he traveled across the continent learning from its native spiritual practitioners and elder holistic healers and was concerned in particular that people with darker skin lead healthy, holistic lifestyles.”



Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

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