Baton Rouge manifesto: Police killer Gavin Long allegedly called his attack a 'necessary evil'

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Police Murderer Wrote That The Killings Were A "Necessary Evil"

In an alleged handwritten manifesto, Gavin Long, the man who shot and killed three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers and injured three others on Sunday, ostensibly said that his actions were a "necessary evil." Long was fatally shot by police after the events.

As first reported by BuzzFeed, Long emailed the three-page letter to Ohio resident Yarima Karama less than an hour before the officers were ambushed. The Marine veteran purportedly wrote that violence was needed to "create substantial change within America's police forces and judicial system."

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This undated photo made available by the Baton Rouge Police Dept. shows officer Montrell Jackson. Jackson, 32, has been identified as one of the police officers killed in a shooting early Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (Baton Rouge Police Dept. via AP)
This undated photo made available by the Baton Rouge Police Dept. shows police officer Matthew Gerald. Gerald, 41, was killed by a gunman in Baton Rouge, LA., Sunday, July 17, 2016. (Baton Rouge Police Dept. via AP)
This undated photo made available by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office shows deputy Brad Garafola. Garafola and at least two other Baton Rouge law enforcement officers investigating a report of a man with an assault rifle were killed Sunday, July 17, 2016, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. (East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office via AP)
This undated photo provided by Trenisha Jackson shows her husband, Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson, one of the three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers who were killed Sunday, July 17, 2016. Three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers investigating a report of a man with an assault rifle were killed Sunday, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. (Courtesy of Trenisha Jackson via AP)
In this 2016 photo provided by Trenisha Jackson, her husband, Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson, holds his son Mason at a Father's Day event for police officers in Baton Rouge, La. Montrell Jackson and two other Baton Rouge law enforcement officers investigating a report of a man with an assault rifle were killed Sunday, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. (Courtesy of Trenisha Jackson via AP)
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The letter, signed using the alias "Cosmo" Long used online, goes on about the battle between "good cops & bad cops."

"Right now therew is a unseen & concealed war within America's police force between Good cops & Bad cops," the letter reads. "And the way the current system is set up, it protects all cops whether good or bad, right or wrong, instead of punishing bad cops & holding them accountable for their actions."

Baton Rouge Police Killer Gavin Long Allegedly Called His Attack a "Necessary Evil"
A woman places flowers at a memorial for the officers killed.
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Long never mentions Baton Rouge specifically in the letter but references the killings of black men at the hands of police.

"Protected and unpunished bad cops forces melanated people to label the good cop as potential threats to the safety and well-being of our women, family, and children," Long allegedly wrote. Long also allegedly wrote that he will be "vilified by the media."

According to the Associated Press, authorities found other handwritten documents in Long's car and hotel.

The murder of the Baton Rouge officers comes after protests following the killing of Alton Sterling, who was shot by officers while selling CDs outside of a convenience store.

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