Obama on Baton Rouge shooting: ‘Attacks on police are an attack on all of us’

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WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama says he condemns, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge.

"We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement," Obama said. "Attacks on police are an attack on all of us and the rule of law that makes society possible."

"Most of all, our hearts go out to the families who are grieving."

Obama says the attacks on police officers, the second in two weeks, are "attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop. "

Obama spoke at a press conference Sunday after three police officers in Baton Rouge were fatally shot and three others wounded. Obama says he has offered the full support of the federal government to Louisiana state and local officials.

"It is up to all of us to make sure we are part of the solution and not part of the problem."

Obama says the motives for the attack are unknown, but there is no justification for violence against law enforcement. He said the attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one.