McPherson's Mayor Pleads for Continued Prayer in Wake of Police Shootings

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
July 18, 2016

The city commissioners opted not to make another official address in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in Baton Rouge that left three more police officers dead.

However, McPherson’s Mayor Tom Brown did offer up a plea for continued prayer.

“Continue to pray for our country and for the society around the world as we continue to have havoc,” Mayor Brown said.  “We decided not to have a specific address this morning, but it’s no better this week than it was last week.”

Three officers are dead and three others were injured Sunday in what Baton Rouge police are calling an ambush shooting, according to ABC News. The gunman, Gavin Long, an African American and former Marine from Kansas City, was killed.

Yesterday’s shooting in Baton Rouge came less than two weeks after the shooting death of an African American man, Alton Sterling, by Baton Rouge police, and ten days after five Dallas police officers were killed by an African American sniper. The shootings in Dallas were fueled by Sterling’s death as well as that of another African American man, Philando Castile, who was killed by police in St. Paul, Minnesota, two days after Sterling.  

The police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota have followed a string of deaths of African Americans at the hands of police that have spurred protests around the country. Many of the incidents have been caught on video, which has led to intense debate about race relations and law enforcement.

One of the victims in yesterday’s shooting in Baton Rouge, Officer Montrell Jackson, has also been identified as an African American.