Obama calls for calm af­ter 3 Po­lice of­fi­cers killed

In a live broad­cast from the White House, Pres­i­dent Obama called upon all Amer­i­cans to unite and re­frain from di­vi­sive language.

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Pres­i­dent Obama has called for re­straint af­ter three po­lice of­fi­cers were shot dead in the city of Ba­ton Rouge in Louisiana. The gun­man, an AfricanAmer­i­can who had served for five years in the Marines, was also killed. Ten­sions in the city have been high since a black man Al­ton Ster­ling was shot dead by po­lice two weeks ago. It re­mains un­clear whether Sun­day’s in­ci­dent was re­lated to that death and a sec­ond po­lice killing in Min­nesota. Those two deaths spared protests across the United States and trig­gered a re­venge attack by a black army vet­eran who shot dead five of­fi­cers in the city of Dal­las. In a live broad­cast from the White House, Pres­i­dent Obama called upon all Amer­i­cans to unite and re­frain from di­vi­sive language.

“Re­gard­less of mo­tive, the death of these three brave of­fi­cers un­der­scores the dan­ger that po­lice across the coun­try con­front ev­ery sin­gle day, and we as a na­tion have to be loud and clear that noth­ing jus­ti­fies vi­o­lence against law en­force­ment,” he said. “Ev­ery­one right now fo­cus on words and ac­tions that can unite this coun­try rather than di­vide it fur­ther,” he added, as the US be­gins two weeks of po­lit­i­cal con­ven­tions with Repub­li­cans meet­ing in Cleveland later on Mon­day.

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