President Barack Obama spoke in a press conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday morning following the murder of three law enforcement officers. The President asked to “temper our words and open our hearts.”
Tensions between police officers and communities has been a major focal point of the President after five police officers were gunned down in Dallas, Texas.
The attacks on police officers occurred early Sunday morning. The suspect, killed at the scene, ambushed the officers. The shooter, Gavin Long, was a 29-year-old man from Missouri and served in the Marines for 5 years.
Officials investigating the motives of Long show that he recently joined pro-black groups and posted to YouTube, stating the only thing people understand is “revenue and blood.”
Obama warned that the recent violent attacks on police officers is likely to continue. “Only we can prove, through words and through deeds, that we will not be divided.” The President also informed the public that a fourth police officer is in critical condition. Three officers died during the attack, with three others injured in the incident.
“Around the clock news cycles and social media sometimes amplify these divisions,” stated the President.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took to Twitter immediately following Obama’s speech to criticize the President, stating, “He doesn’t have a clue. Our country is a divided crime scene, and it will only get worse!”