(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama condemned what he called "an attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge," after three officers were killed and three others wounded on Sunday, saying such attacks on police "have to stop."
Obama noted this marks the second time in two weeks that police officers were killed in the line of duty, referring to the killing of five police and wounding of seven others in an attack in Dallas.
"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," he said. "These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop.
The president said the attack is "the work of cowards who speak for no one," and that the White House is offering any support necessary to authorities.
"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," Obama said. "May God bless them all."
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