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Slain police officer's Facebook post leaves a heartbreaking legacy

Technically Incorrect: Montrell Jackson was one of three Baton Rouge police officers shot dead in an ambush on Sunday. He had written earlier this month of the struggle between love and hate.

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Yet more senseless killings.

Yet more pieces to pick up.

On Sunday, three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were ambushed and killed by a gunman whom police have identified as Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri.

The family of one of the officers killed identified him as Montrell Jackson.

One of Jackson's Facebook posts, written a day after five Dallas officers were shot to death on July 7, quickly began spreading across the web.

In it, Jackson expressed his truth.

He said he was tired "physically and emotionally."

He wrote of his disappointment at some of the "reckless comments" that had been made by family members, friends and fellow officers.

"I still love you all," he wrote, "because hate takes too much energy but I definitely won't be looking at you the same."

Jackson was clearly struggling with the behavior of so many around him.

"I swear to God I love this city," he wrote, "but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat."

Some people, he said, questioned his very core.

"When people you know begin to question your integrity you realize they don't really know you at all," he wrote. "Look at my actions they speak LOUD and CLEAR."

Perhaps, though, the words that should pierce hearts most were these: "These are trying times. Please don't let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better."

Yet hate has infected many hearts, too many. With guns at everyone's ready disposal, that hate is stuffed into a bullet and released with one press of a trigger.

As Jackson's message has been passed around the internet hundreds of thousands of times, it has been accompanied by messages of support. Many plead for his message to be heeded.

Yet how many are really prepared to do what it takes to create true change in hearts, minds and laws? Montrell Jackson believed things would get better. His sister Jocelyn wonders if that's actually the case.

"It's coming to the point," she told the Washington Post, "where no lives matter, whether you're black or white or Hispanic or whatever."