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Hate-infected hearts

"Please don't let hate infect your heart."

That's the takeaway line from Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson's remarkable July 8 posting on Facebook. He was writing about the hatred and violence rising forth from his city and from Dallas where five police officers were killed and nine wounded. And he knew the conflict from both sides — as an officer and as an African American man. "In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat," he wrote.

Officer Jackson concluded his message by offering hugs and prayers to anyone who needed them — friends, family protesters or police. Nine days later, he was dead, the...

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