Three Baton Rouge police officers were killed Sunday, with suspect Gavin Long dead at the scene.
America is already responding, with average citizens weighing in to express their grief over the fallen. Donald Trump has released a statement about the attack:
“We grieve for the officers killed in Baton Rouge today. How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country? We demand law and order.”
While Hillary Clinton has yet to comment, the White House has now made a strong statement.
On Sunday afternoon, President Obama wrote:
“I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge. For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault,” Obama said. “These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop.
I’ve offered my full support, and the full support of the federal government, to Governor Edwards, Mayor Holden, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Baton Rouge Police Department. And make no mistake – justice will be done.
We may not yet know the motives for this attack, but I want to be clear: there is no justification for violence against law enforcement. None. These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one. They right no wrongs. They advance no causes. The officers in Baton Rouge; the officers in Dallas – they were our fellow Americans, part of our community, part of our country, with people who loved and needed them, and who need us now – all of us – to be at our best.
Today, on the Lord’s day, all of us stand united in prayer with the people of Baton Rouge, with the police officers who’ve been wounded, and with the grieving families of the fallen. May God bless them all.”
The president’s statement was strong, with Twitter taking note:
Strong words and I agree https://t.co/rEh2rxnrku
— michael bode (@mgbode_WFNY) July 17, 2016
— EVOLVE (@Evolve_Us) July 17, 2016
— Anton Sorkin ن (@gortnacul_house) July 17, 2016
— le petit birdie (@birdie2win1) July 17, 2016
This is a developing news story and will be updated as we learn more. Stay tuned to IJR.com for the latest.