1. Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, released a statement on lamayor.org in which he states,
“Our hearts go out to the families of the three Baton Rouge officers who were killed this morning, and the men and women of the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. I condemn this violence in the strongest possible terms. There is no justification for the taking of the lives of officers who were in their communities doing their job today.
“This violence against police officers undermines our democracy. Today, we are adding resources to make sure that our Los Angeles Police Department and other public safety agencies are supported. This includes increasing our air assets, shifting Metropolitan Division officers to a role of force protection to help back up patrol officers responding to calls for service, and adding additional resources to help screen our 911 calls. Please do all you can to support and thank our officers and their families today and every day.
“Our collective voice must rise up to condemn this latest shooting in what is unfortunately becoming a horrifying trend.
“The City of Los Angeles is committed to building and deepening relationships. We will not be deterred from our mission to protect our communities, support our police officers, and strengthen constitutional policing in our city. We will continue that work with an open door in our neighborhoods, in City Hall, and in our police stations.
“Too many days recently, our hearts are aching as a result of unthinkable violence in our country, but we cannot turn away from our mission to protect and to serve. We must turn to each other and the urgent work that remains. God bless the fallen officers and their families, and we will not be deterred.”
2. President Barack Obama gave a statement in which he denounced violence against law enforcement. Below is an excerpt from that statement, but the full transcript can be found here.
“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 clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement. Attacks on police are an attack on all of us and the rule of law that makes society possible.
Now, earlier this afternoon, I spoke with Governor Edwards and Mayor Holden, and I offered them the full support of the federal government; and reiterated my full support for law enforcement in Baton Rouge, and for police officers across the country….
And that is why it is so important that everyone, regardless of race or political party, or profession; regardless of what organization you are a part of; everyone right now focus on words and actions that can unite this country rather than divide it further.
We don’t need inflammatory rhetoric. We don’t need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or advance an agenda. We need to need to temper our words and open our hearts. All of us.”
3. Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings, posted on Facebook calling for an end to the violence,
“Reports out of Baton Rouge this morning of three officers killed and others wounded are deeply disturbing. This must stop. Violence against our police officers under any circumstances is not acceptable and poses a grave threat to all of us. Those peacefully protesting police across the country must swiftly condemn this type of violence against law enforcement.”
4. House Speaker Paul Ryan took to Twitter to say that he was “deeply disturbed.”
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 17, 2016
5. Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, called the attack “unspeakable.”
“This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing. Rest assured, every resource available to the State of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice. For now, I’m asking all Louisianans to join Donna and me in praying for the officers who were involved and their families as the details continue to unfold.”
6. Hillary Clinton called the attack “an assault on all of us.”
Hillary's statement on the shooting in Baton Rouge. pic.twitter.com/4a0MVF3025
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 17, 2016
“We grieve for the officers killed in Baton Rouge today. How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country? We demand law and order.”