3 Officers Killed, 3 Injured in Baton Rouge Shooting
In a city where tensions are already high after being exploited when Alton Sterling, a black male who was shot dead by a Baton Rouge police officer while selling CDs outside of his friend's store sees more unfortunate blood is shed this morning. It's being reported that shortly after 9 am, three police officers have been killed and at least three others injured. According to CNN.com, police were ambushed by gunfire after receiving a call of a "suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle." One of the suspected shooters who was described by Baton Rouge Police Department Sgt. Don Copolla as wearing all black and was "wearing some type of mask to conceal identity" is deceased. It's said that there may be two other shooters on the loose and police are on the hunt, looking for anyone wearing fatigue or all black clothing. This comes just ten days after five Dallas police officers were killed following the shooting death of another black male Philando Castile just one day after Sterling's death during a routine traffic stop in Minnesota and the aftermath was streamed live on Facebook. Both incidences have fueled outrage among the black community and rising tensions between the public and law enforcement.
President Obama released the following statement in response to the recent events:
"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," Obama said. "These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop. ...These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one. They right no wrongs. They advance no causes."