(WASHINGTON) — President Obama said Sunday “nothing justifies violence against law enforcement” following the slaying of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, promising “justice will be done.”
He said these type of attacks on public servants and police “have to stop,” and that the motive for the attack remains unknown.
“We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement,” he said. “Attacks on police are an attack against all of us… the rule of law that makes society possible.”
The comments from Obama come as the country is reeling from a string of shootings that have raised racial tensions. Last week two black men were shot dead by white police officers —- one in Baton Rouge and another outside St. Paul, Minnesota -— in cases that sparked outrage over concerns that the officers greatly overreacted to the threats posed in each case.
Then during a protest in Dallas, five police officers were shot and killed and seven others wounded by a man who authorities say was upset about the recent police shootings.
President Obama attempted to ease tension and problems that exist between police departments and the communities, and noted, “this has happened far too often.”
“We need to temper our words, open our hearts. All of us,” he said.
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