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President Obama Calls For Unity After Baton Rouge Attack

Susan Walsh / AP / File
 

Susan Walsh / AP / File

UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: President Barack Obama addressed the nation Sunday afternoon after an attack in Baton Rouge, La. took the lives of three law enforcement officers and wounded three, with one currently in critical condition. 

“We have our divisions and they are not new,” the president said, noting that the news cycle can amplify these divisions. He stressed the need to "focus on words and actions that can unite this country rather than divide it further."

“We don’t need inflammatory rhetoric,” he said. "We need to temper our words and open our hearts. All of us.”

This is the second time in the last two weeks that a gunman has killed multiple law enforcement officers in an attack. On July 7, gunman Micah Johnson killed five police officers during a protest in Dallas.


Original post: President Barack Obama is set to deliver a statement regarding the attack that killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, La., this morning. Watch here. (The statement begins at 52:00.)