A black nationalist group on Thursday reportedly distanced itself from the gunman who earlier declared allegiance to the organization.
The Los Angeles Times interviewed the 71-year-old son of the Washitaw Nation’s founder. Fredrix Washington told the paper that the gunman, Gavin Eugene Long, is “not one of us.”
Washington added, “I don’t even want to say his name.”
Long, who killed three law enforcement officers in Louisiana before a SWAT team killed him, purportedly described his actions as a “necessary evil” in a self-described, handwritten manifesto. An Ohio man said Long emailed the message to him less than an hour before the shootings.
Washington went on: “Black lives matter, blue lives matter. I’m a humanitarian; all lives matter to me. This guy didn’t just kill white people, he killed a black cop. So how can he be related to us?”