The protests and the reaction to the Alton Sterling shooting have been peaceful. That may have changed last night when a Baton Rouge Police Department car was torched on Airline Drive. So far, no suspects have been identified.
BATON ROUGE – A city police car was damaged after it was set on fire overnight.
The unit was parked at a repair shop near the corner of Tom Drive at Airline when it was set ablaze around 2 a.m. Friday. Hours later, police said a Molotov cocktail was set off, causing the vehicle to burn up.
The fire was about two miles from the Triple S store where Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police Tuesday and sparked week-long protests in Baton Rouge and other cities.
Let me start off by saying that we don’t know if this is related to the Alton Sterling protests. No suspect has been identified. There were no injuries in this attack.
The protests so far have been peaceful. They need to stay that way. Attacking police officers and destroying squad cars will not bring justice for Alton Sterling.
Cooler heads need to prevail. The last thing we need in Baton Rouge is a Ferguson, a Baltimore, or God forbid a Dallas. That will not help anyone’s cause.
Instead we need to take this opportunity to build bridges. The police and the black community need to sit down and air out their grievances. Then they need to come up with a solution that both sides can live with.