Tuesday, July 19

The other side of the Warrior Cop debate

On the one side: "The truth is, it's quite difficult for police departments to build community-police partnerships when the police look like they're about to go to war with the community."

Here is the other side:

By Steve Visser, Ashley Fantz and Joshua Berlinger
Updated 12:32 AM ET, Tue July 19, 2016

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. said Monday that the attack that killed three law enforcement officers and wounded three others showed why militarized police tactics are needed.

In the last two weeks, police have been ambushed by skilled gunmen in Dallas and Baton Rouge and have taken multiple casualties.

On Sunday, the Baton Rouge SWAT team's training kicked in and the team performed flawlessly in responding to an ambush on officers, an emotional Dabadie said in the Louisiana city.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said he was "convinced" that if the SWAT team had not arrived when it did, the two wounded deputies would be dead and the gunman would have escaped to attack more officers.

A SWAT team rifleman took out the gunman from more than 100 yards without a clear line of sight, Dabadie said.

"That shot our SWAT team made was a helluva shot," Dabadie said. "We've been questioned for the last (two) weeks about our militarized tactics and our militarized law enforcement. This is why. We are up against a force that is not playing by the rules. They didn't play by the rules in Dallas and they didn't play by the rules here."

"This guy was going to another location. He was not going to stop here," Dabadie told reporters. "He was going to take more lives."

Col. Michael D. Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police, said the gunman, Gavin Long, a former Marine from Kansas City, Missouri, was skilled in his handling of the assault rifle and moved skillfully to repeatedly ambush officers. Surveillance video captured the calculated attack and showed a scene that was "chilling in the sheer brutality," Edmonson said.

"There is no doubt whatsoever that these officers were targeted and assassinated," he said.


Long used a IWI Tavor SAR 5.56 rifle with a strap on it to keep the rifle in place as he engaged the officers, helping him maintain accuracy. He also was armed with a 9mm pistol and a Stag Arms M4 variant 5.56 rifle. The rifle was staged inside his Chevrolet Malibu rental car so he could get to it during the shooting, Edmonson said.

"He was extremely accurate," Edmonson said.

Details of the ambush

Edmonson and Gautreaux outlined Long's movements, step by step:



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