Alleged Baton Rouge Cop Killer's Last Video Promoted Violence Over Peaceful Protests
Cosmo Setepenra, an online alias of Baton Rouge cop-shooting suspect Gavin Long, was no fan of peaceful protests, and sought to largely distance himself from movements that did not use violence to combat those whom he identified as the "bully."
On July 10, 2016, Long recorded a video of himself in what appears to be a hotel room, and told his audience he's speaking from Dallas, three days after Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed and killed five police officers in the city.
“You gotta really look at certain things—say, for instance, the holiday that just passed,” Setepenra says in the video, referring to the Fourth of July.
“Independence Day is really based on George Washington and the Americans fighting against their oppressor—Britain—and we celebrate that.... When an African fights back, it's wrong. But every time a European fights back against his oppressor, he’s right," Setepenra says in the video.
He then urges his audience to question their "mind-set" and maintain curiosity... "stay a child."
"That's why I love the kids," Setepenra expains, eerily.
Setepenra encourages protesters to fight back—but to fight back "through bloodshed," which he says is the only solution that has worked in history.
"A bully ... doesn’t understand protests," Setepenra says. "We know what it’s going to take… revenue and blood… nothing else."
Setepenra also reflected on some of the protesters he saw in Baton Rouge the day before. "I see a woman; she's speaking articulately to ... her fellow protesters. ... It's still repeating the same stuff that we already know. We know the system is wrong; we know they’re oppressing us. Yadda yadda yadda," he dismissed.
Setepenra believed this method to be totally ineffective "in a world that’s ‘ran by’ devils."
"Devils run this," he explains. "They don’t understand your words… It doesn’t get through to them. Blood, revenue. That’s the only thing that gets through. This is the history. 100 percent.”