President Barack Obama was emphatic in his condemnation of the shooting in Baton Rouge that has killed multiple police officers and left other cops wounded. In a statement released following the tragedy, Obama declared the shooting to be “the work of cowards who speak for no one.”
“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. These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop.”
Obama has offered the full support of the federal government to Governor John Bel Edwards, Mayor Kip Holden, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Baton Rouge Police Department. He stressed that “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.”
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has also spoken out about the shooting. He says America is divided and out of control at the moment.
Trump also noted that he’ll be discussing the issue of law and order tonight on 60 Minutes.