U.S. President Barack Obama strongly condemns attacks on police, after three law enforcement officers are killed and three others wounded in an ambush attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Diane Hodges reports.
In a news conference Sunday, U.S. President Obama strongly condemned the attack that killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (SOUNDBITE) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement. Attacks on police are attacks on all of us." The officers were ambushed when they responded to a call. While police are still investigating, they say they believe they killed the lone suspect who was responsible. In an emotional news conference Sunday, Louisiana officials called for an end to the violence. (SOUNDBITE) LOUISIANA GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS, SAYING: "It's unjustified. It's unjustifiable. The violence, the hatred just has to stop." (SOUNDBITE) EAST BATON ROUGE SHERIFF SID GAUTREAUX, SAYING: "And until we come together as a nation, as a people, to heal as a people, if we don't do that, and this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people." The attack comes less than two weeks after 37-year-old Alton Sterling was killed by Baton Rouge police, sparking nationwide protests. That same week, five Dallas police officers were ambushed and killed by a black ex-U.S. soldier at the end of a march to protest the fatal police shootings of Sterling and 32-year-old Philando Castile in Minnesota. Obama has sought to balance concerns about police abuses, while paying tribute to fallen officers.