African American Ex-USMC Baton Rouge Cop Assassin: "Revenue And Blood"
An ex-Marine has been identified as the gunman who killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge. Gavin Eugene Long opened fire on officers Sunday morning in Louisiana on his 29th birthday, just days after posting videos online saying people needed to "fight back" after recent killings of black men by police in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, police sources told multiple news outlets, NBC News. He used the name Cosmo Setepenra online and as his pen name for his self-published books. He discussed the Dallas attack on police officers and recent police shootings of black men in social media posts.
"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?," he wrote on Twitter on July 13.
Long went to Dallas after the attack on police officers on July 7, 2016, according to a video he posted to Youtube on July 10. He was there to give out his self-published books and claimed the trip had been planned before the attack on police. But from his hotel room, he commented about how he thought people should react to police brutality.
"One hundred percent of revolutions, of victims fighting their oppressors, from victims fighting their bullies, 100 percent have been successful through fighting back, through bloodshed. Zero have been successful just over protesting. It has never worked and it never will. You gotta fight back, that's the only way a bully knows to quit, he doesn't know words," he said in the video. "He can't understand words, I promise you. He doesn't understand protests. If y'all want to keep protesting, do that. But for the serious ones, for the real ones, the alpha ones, we know what's it's going to take. It's only fighting back or money, that's all they care about. Revenue and blood, revenue and blood, revenue and blood, nothing else. Don't even think about it."
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July 17, 2016 11:47 PM
Six things to know about Kansas City's Gavin Eugene Long, aka 'Cosmo Setepenra,' accused Baton Rouge police killer
Long had roots in Grandview and served as a Marine in Iraq
He identified with an African-American "sovereign citizen" movement
At home, Long's writings about racism and police shootings boiled with anger
A screen grab from a YouTube video posted by Gavin Long who also goes by Cosmo Setepenra. YouTube image
By Ian Cummings
Gavin Eugene Long, of Kansas City, has been identified as the man who killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge Sunday before dying in a shootout.
Here are six things you should know about Long:
1. Long's roots in the Kansas City area go back to his youth.
Gavin Long graduated from Grandview High School in 2005. He married Aireyona Osha Hill here in 2009 and filed for divorce in 2011.
2. Long appears to have been aligned with a "sovereign citizen" ideology whose followers believe the government is corrupt and out of control and has no jurisdiction over them. While typically associated with white groups, the movement has increasingly been adopted by minorities.
3. Online, Long apparently adopted the identity of Cosmo Setepenra.
As Setepenra, he billed himself as a life coach, publishing books, blogs, podcasts and videos espousing a variety of beliefs about recent police shootings, race, relationships, fitness and spirituality. Many of his blog posts and other writings focused on masculinity.
4. In recent months, Long expressed anger about police shootings of black men but insisted he was not affiliated with any group.
As Setepenra, he tweeted specifically about the July 5 fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by a Baton Rouge police officer and the July 7 killings of five Dallas police officers, as well as racism in the U.S.
Recent tweets seemed to indicate his desire to see a more powerful, unified force combat white power and "elevate" black people, and increasingly referenced violence and death. In a video, he proclaimed, "I am not affiliated with anyone."
5. Long was a Marine and served in Iraq.
Long joined the Marines in 2005 and served until 2010, according to military records obtained by the Associated Press. He rose to the rank of sergeant and served in Iraq from June 2008 to January 2009. Records show he received several medals, including one for good conduct. Long received an honorable discharge and was listed as a "data network specialist."
6. By his own account, Long traveled widely in the U.S. and abroad.
In his writings, Long tells of attending college in Texas and Atlanta. Long wrote that he sold or gave away his possessions and traveled to Africa, passing through Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Ghana and Burkina Faso. He claimed to have visited 30 U.S. states as well as the Bahamas, Korea, Thailand and the Maldives.
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Source: Baton Rouge officer shooter Gavin Eugene Long had extremist online persona Cosmo Setepenra
He railed against police violence, complaining that officers are rarely, if ever, charged in fatal shootings. In one Twitter post, he uploaded "bodycam footage" he said he had recorded in Dallas three days after five officers were fatally shot there. In that rambling video, he says he had been "out in the streets educating our people" about their "purpose."
"Power doesn't respect weakness," he wrote in a Twitter message two days after Sterling's shooting death. "Power only respects power."
In another Twitter post, he wrote, "You can't talk (or protest) the devil into changing his ways, this has never been done and never will."
After the Dallas shooting, he wrote, "The Shooter was NOT WHITE, He was one of us! # My religion is Justice."
He also wrote about his experiences as a U.S. Marine.
"While stationed in San Diego, California, Cosmo became a highly esteemed and sought after nutritionist and personal trainer," Long wrote on his website.
According to military records, Long served for five years, including deployments to Iraq for seven months in 2008 and 2009 and a post in Okinawa, Japan. Much of his time was spent in California. He worked as a data network specialist.
Reports say he was honorably discharged in 2010.
After leaving the military, he received an associate's degree in General Studies at Central Texas College and studied for three semesters at Clark Atlanta University, according to his online postings.
Long dropped out after having a "spiritual revelation," gave away "all of his material possessions" and traveled to Africa, he wrote. The website says he crisscrossed Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Ghana and Burkina Faso, and wrote three books, including a two-part series called a "A (W)holistic Guide for the Total Transformation of Melanated People."
Besides posting on his own sites, Long appears to have contributed frequently to other forums. On one website, a user named Cosmo Setepenra with an email address associated with Long complained about government surveillance. On stoporgangstalking.com, a user named Cosmo commented about the importance of wearing body cameras and exposing people involved in "gang stalking."
Long also appeared to follow at least one online radio show hosted by Lance Scurv, who said he featured a Cosmo Setenepra on his radio show this year in a long conversation about nutrition and health. They stayed in touch, talking on the phone every now and then. Scurv, who is based in Orlando, Fla., said Cosmo spoke from a phone number with a Kansas City area code.
"He seemed to be like a guy in transition," he said. "But he never expressed rage like there was something brewing."
On July 9, Scurv posted an email that Cosmo asked him to share on his Facebook group.
It began: "I just want everyone to know that if anything may happen to me or with me..." The post went on to reference YouTube videos about Sterling and "standing up when you know you are right."
Scurv said he barely read the email, but shared it because he helps pass along social media updates for everyone who comes on his show, which discusses current events and activism.
Near the end of the post, Long offered a message to readers: "You will win this war not with your actions, but with your responses to their actions."
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