East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome condemns remarks made at a Metro Council meeting, where a community activist suggested the police ambush was justice for Alton Sterling. Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed told Mayor Pro-tem Scott Wilson justice has been served for Sterling.
“Justice has already been served. An eye for an eye. So justice came when Gavin Long came,” Reed said.
Broome says these remarks in no way reflect the views of her administration or the people of Baton Rouge. Reed asserts no call was made to emergency services the night Sterling was fatally shot outside at Baton Rouge convenience store. He went on to say that Officer Blane Salamoni started the uproar when he shot Sterling.
“Salamoni should be charged with the murder of those police officers that was killed cause his actions is what got those officers killed,” Reed said.
Broome called Reed’s comments hateful, offensive, and unacceptable. She says the memories of the fallen officers should be honored and preserved. Reed says the justice system in Baton Rouge is being run by a bunch of criminals. He says he’s not anti-police, he’s anti-injustice.
“When the Klu Klux Klan infiltrate law enforcement and act like officers, they become the damn Blue Klux Klan with a license to kill,” Reed said.
Wilson says several people had to be escorted out of last night’s heated meeting, and Reed was one of them. He says this was supposed to be a chance for members of the community to vent and express their frustrations, but things got out of hand.
“I apologize to the families of Montrell Jackson and Brad Garafola and Matthew Gerald. That’s disrespectful,” Wilson said.