People Are Already Blaming #BlackLivesMatter for Baton Rouge Police Shooting
Mark Wallheiser
A deadly shootout Sunday morning near a Baton Rouge police station left five officers dead and three injured after an ambush near police headquarters, multiple news outlets report. One of the suspects has apparently been killed, and the Associated Press reports that two are at large, according to a police spokesman The shooting comes less than two weeks after five police officers were killed by a sniper in Dallas, and just two days after Alton Sterling was put to rest in Baton Rouge. Tensions have been high there since Sterling was killed by Baton Rouge officers earlier this month, and protests have embroiled the city. Little is known on whether the suspects were Black, but already blame is being placed on President Obama and the #BlackLivesMatter movement: But others have pushed back, mostly saying that it is useless to blame anyone without information.   Our condolences go out to the families of the officers and the city of Baton Rouge. UPDATE: The gunman has been identified as 29-year-old retired U.S. Marine, Gavin Long. WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.