Sunday, July 17, 2016…A day we will never forget. The day three of our own brothers were gunned down in a senseless act of cowardice. They may be gone, but will never be forgotten. Mathew Gerald, Montrell Jackson and Brad Garafola are true heroes.
Please join us in praying for their families and the speedy recovery of all other law enforcement officers injured on that day.
The Baton Rouge Union of Police would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every Baton Rouge Police Officer involved in the incidents that have occurred over
the past couple of weeks. You have worked long and tireless hours, and despite being cursed and threatened, you represented our Department in a professional manner. The Baton Rouge Union of Police stands behind each and every one of you for the job you have done. Through your grief and in extreme circumstances, you continue to protect and serve the citizens of Baton Rouge as you were sworn to do.
We would also like to recognize all of the Officers who have come from agencies from all over the State of Louisiana to provide support for the Baton Rouge Police Department. Your assistance and camaraderie has proven that we truly are all “family”.
Thank you from every member of our Department. When we needed you, you were there.
The Baton Rouge Union of Police is also calling for our local and state leaders to STRONGLY condemn this senseless act of violence, to provide increased support for our department and to provide real solutions going forward. We have all witnessed one of our local “leaders” wearing an inflammatory t-shirt at the recent protests which only served to instigate and validate violence against law enforcement. Now she claims to grieve with all of law enforcement. The future of our Country and the safety of our citizens should take precedence over rhetoric and political gain. Now is not the time to give uninformed personal opinions that only serve to undermine law enforcement and
incite hate and chaos during this crucial time.
Lastly, we would like to thank the citizens of Baton Rouge who have shown overwhelming support for all law enforcement during these critical times. Your expressions of gratitude with food, kind words, and even tears have kept our Officers going. Knowing you stand behind us means everything.
Chief Dabadie, Sheriff Gautreaux, Colonel Edmonson, Mayor Holden and Governor Edwards, you have the support of the Baton Rouge Union of Police to lead us forward and to ensure that there is no more bloodshed of our officers. Together we will keep our community safe.
Baton Rouge Union of Police Local Union #237