The 29 year old ex-marine, Gavin Eugene Long, who ambushed and killed three unsuspecting Baton Rouge police officers on Sunday morning, hated those who did not share his skin-tone and harbored a particular hatred for the police. As revealed in the hours after the shootings, a Youtube account operated by Long under the handle I Am Cosmo where the alleged killer posted dozens of clips, provides insight into what motivated the young man to kill three police officers and wound three more on his 29th birthday.
In the Youtube videos, Long rants against “crackers, and makes multiple references to the July 5th killing of Alton Sterling at the hands of police officers only five miles away from Sunday’s attack. The videos also detail that Long is a member of the Nation of Islam, labelled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its black supremacist and racist views towards Jews, Asians, and whites which the group’s leaders argue have "sucked the blood from and exploited the black community.
As Daily Caller details, the 29-year-old was a native of Kansas City, Missouri and was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2010 after reaching the rank of E-5. He preferred to go by the name Cosmo Ausar Setepenra rather than Gavin Eugene Long.
In a video published on Thursday, the racist shooter says that "If I would have been there with Alton – Clap" before promoting a book that he wrote that discusses black liberation ideology. "I wrote it for my dark-skinned brothers," said Long. "If you look at all the rebels like Black Panthers, Huey P. Newton, Malcolm X, and Elijah Muhammad, they was light-skinned. But we know how hard y’all got it."
Phone numbers on buildings in the video show that it was filmed in Baton Rouge. Calls placed to the numbers were not answered because they were out of service.
“I just got here I’m not really into the protesting. I do education because that’s our real freedom,” he is heard telling two men in the video. He called protesting “emotional” and “for the women.”
In another video recorded while Long was in Dallas after the police shooting, he laid out his thoughts on protesting, oppresion and how to deal with bullies. Nothing too earthshattering there.
Long, who operated a self-motivation website called “Convos with Cosmo,” also appears to have tweeted hours before the attack unfolded. In one video posted in recent weeks, Long left a cryptic message that may have foretold Sunday’s attack. And though he said he was once a member of the Nation of Islam, the radical sect led by Louis Farrakhan, Long also said that he had no affiliations with outside groups.
“I thought my own thoughts. I made my own decisions. I’m the one who’s got to listen the judgement. That’s it. And my heart is pure,” he said.
“If anything happens with me, because I’m an alpha male, I stand up, I stand firm, I stand for mine, until the end,” he said. “Yeah, I also was a Nation of Islam member. Don’t affiliate me with it. Don’t affiliate me with anything.”
Just 4 days ago on his Twitter account (under the handle @ConvosWithCosmo), Long wrote that violence is not the answer but "at what point do you stand" up so your people dont become extinct. Four days later he answered his own question.
Violence is not THE answer (its a answer), but at what point do you stand up so that your people dont become the Native Americans...EXTINCT?
— Convos With Cosmo (@ConvosWithCosmo) July 13, 2016
Another time he tweeted "have u ever seen white people march for the things they needed"?
Have u ever seen white people march for the things they needed?
— Convos With Cosmo (@ConvosWithCosmo) July 11, 2016
The assailant also suggested that the black community should buy only from black-owned businesses rather than "working for the white people."
In one video Long is heard lamented “working for the white people.” He encouraged one man riding in his vehicle as he filmed using a body camera to shop only at black-owned businesses. 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 saying – "Who’s she going to f--- with? The cracker, the Arab, the Chinese?"
"These Arabs, these Indians, they don’t give two fucks about us," said the shooter.
Come to think of it, he may have a point.