The Republican National Convention has opened in Cleveland, Ohio with a moment of silence in honor of the police officers slain in an ambush Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION), Members of the Republican party gathered in Cleveland, Ohio for their 2016 convention began their meeting on Monday with a moment of silence for the police officers slain in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday. Louisiana officials allege that a black U.S. Marine Corps veteran shot dead three police officers in Louisiana's capital Sunday morning, specifically targeted them, as the United States reeled from the latest deadly violence involving police and black people. Another officer who was wounded in Sunday's shootings in Baton Rouge was fighting for his life, the state's governor said. The city had been the scene of repeated protests against police violence following the July 5 fatal shooting by officers of Alton Sterling, a black man outside a convenience store. The Baton Rouge gunman has been identified as Gavin Long, a 29-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, who served in the Marines for five years, including a 2008 deployment in the Iraq war. Long, dressed in black and armed with a rifle, was shot dead on Sunday morning in a gunfight with police. Racial tension in the United States has been especially high since a black former U.S. Army Reserve soldier fatally shot five Dallas police officers who were patrolling a protest over the police shootings of Sterling and another black man in Minnesota. Republicans gathered in Cleveland are expected to officially name Donald Trump as their nominee for president. Opponents accuse Trump of fanning the flames of hatred in the country with rhetoric they say is inflammatory and discriminatory.