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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Local and state officials have released statements on the Sunday morning shooting incident in Baton Rouge that left three officers dead and several injured. 

The following is a statement from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards: 

“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.”

The following is a statement from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu:

"We are monitoring the situation in Baton Rouge. Our thoughts and prayers are with the police officers who have been targeted in this brazen attack on law enforcement, as well as the entire Baton Rouge community."

The following is a statement from Baton Rouge Metro Councilman John Delgado: 

"There can be no justification for this vicious attack on the men and women of local law enforcement," Delgado said.  "This cannot be tolerated by anyone in our community.  This attack on the badge is an attack on the safety of us all.  Police officers put their lives on the line for us every day, and they deserve our respect. There is a special place in hell for these criminals.  Families have been destroyed this morning.  Our city has been further damaged.

"My thoughts and prayers are with these officers and their families.  I call on leaders throughout the community to denounce this crime and work towards peace on our streets.  Our city must survive this tragedy.  Anyone involved in this barbaric act will  caught and they will be punished."

The following is a statement from Congressman Cedric Richmond: 

“My prayers are with the families of these officers following this cowardly act,” said Rep. Richmond. “Although we still do not know all of the facts, we do know that acts like these and the people who commit them have no place in our society.”

“I have spoken to the Governor this morning and call on federal law enforcement and the Department of Justice to provide all of the necessary resources to find out who the perpetrators are, who knew, and everyone remotely involved in this police assassination.”

“I call upon everyone in the community to condemn this act, the actors, and come together to begin to heal from this horrible tragedy. If you know anything, no matter how big or small about these perpetrators please contact the police as soon as possible.”

The following statement is from State Representative Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe):

"Just as we mourn collectively when a tragedy strikes any segment of our state, we mourn with Baton Rouge," Jackson said.  "Our capital has endured much grief in the last two weeks.  However, even in the wake of further tragedy we do not mourn as a people with no hope, we mourn knowing that as we pray, as we join together and act in peace and positive resolve that the citizenry of Louisiana will unite and justice and victory will prevail. 

"While our community leaders were rightfully outraged after the killing of Alton Sterling, they followed the rule of law in protesting. However, unlike our community leaders the cop-killers who struck today chose instead to play God, to take life and death into their own hands, and no reasonable and sustainable society can tolerate such lawlessness."

The Louisiana State Democratic Party released the following statement: 

“We are disgusted and horrified by the news of today’s attack in Baton Rouge. Our heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the law enforcement officers, to their families, and to the entire community shaken by this assault,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

“As we all struggle to grapple with what seems like an endless drumbeat of horror and misery, we call on our friends and neighbors to join us in reaffirming that violence is not and can never be the answer to the challenges we face. Our thoughts are consumed with the tragedy and its victims, and our prayers are devoted to their support and comfort. But thoughts and prayers are simply not enough. We must come together, as a state and as a nation, to change things for the better and break out of the cycle of violence and death.”

Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) released the following statement: 

"My prayers are with the families of these officers following this cowardly act," said Rep. Richmond. "Although we still do not know all of the facts, we do know that acts like these and the people who commit them have no place in our society."

"I have spoken to the Governor this morning and call on federal law enforcement and the Department of Justice to provide all of the necessary resources to find out who the perpetrators are, who knew, and everyone remotely involved in this police assassination."

"I call upon everyone in the community to condemn this act, the actors, and come together to begin to heal from this horrible tragedy. If you know anything, no matter how big or small about these perpetrators please contact the police as soon as possible."

The following statement is from Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser:

“Prayers and peace are needed right now in our State’s capitol. Our community has been through a very tense two weeks and the shooting this morning is another horrible act of violence against the men and women in uniform here in Baton Rouge and across the nation. I ask all Louisianians to pray for those officers still fighting for their lives and the families of those we’ve already lost. Unity, not division, is needed right now." 

The following statement is from Louisiana House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La): 

"Today we're heartbroken and angered by the news that police officers in Baton Rouge were targeted and killed while carrying out their daily jobs protecting and serving our communities. Jennifer and I are praying for the officers who swore to protect our communities, but won’t return home tonight, and for their families. The intentional targeting and murder of our law enforcement officers is not justified and must end now. We cannot allow anger and violence to tear us apart. It pains me that once again I must implore all Americans, especially in my home state of Louisiana, to commit ourselves to words and deeds that heal and bring peace; that combat lawlessness and promote justice. As the facts surrounding this tragedy continue to unfold, Jennifer and I will continue to pray for the victims of today’s attack and support our law enforcement heroes as they search for those who committed these horrible crimes.”

The following is a statement from President Barack Obama, released by the White House Press Office: 

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. 

I’ve offered my full support, and the full support of the federal government, to Governor Edwards, Mayor Holden, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Baton Rouge Police Department.  And make no mistake – 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.

Today, on the Lord’s day, all of us stand united in prayer with the people of Baton Rouge, with the police officers who’ve been wounded, and with the grieving families of the fallen.  May God bless them all.

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