U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke of losing his son, Beau, while consoling relatives of three police officers killed in Baton Rouge. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) STORY: U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden on Thursday (July 28) told relatives of three slain police officers in Baton Rouge that he knew what they were feeling. He described for them how he felt when his son, Beau, died last year, calling it, "that feeling like you're being sucked into a black hole." And he turned to relatives of police officer Matthew Gerald, who enlisted in the U.S. Army after the 9-11 attacks and told them he hoped Gerald had known Beau, adding with a chuckle, "they were both crazy." Biden joined U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch at a memorial service for the officers who were shot dead on July 17 by a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with ties to an African-American anti-government group. Lynch and Biden's presence served to underscore the Obama administration's commitment to police safety. President Obama traveled to Dallas in the wake of the shootings of five police officers there. Since taking office as Attorney General, Lynch has traveled the country on a "community policing tour" that highlights the best practices of local departments. Biden has become a liaison between the White House and police as tensions between departments and minority communities have escalated in recent years.