BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Governor called the Sunday morning attack against police that left three dead "unjustifiable."
"We have to do better. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us," Gov. John Bel Edwards said during an afternoon press conference. "There simply is no place for more violence. That doesn't help anyone, it doesn't furthest the conversation, it doesn't address any injustice perceived or real - it is just an injustice in and of itself,"
Edwards, who comes from a law enforcement family, called the officers killed and injured Sunday heroes. He also again echoed an all-too familiar refrain of non-violence.
"Obviously our community is hurting, and only through peace and unity can we heal, and that's going to take constructive dialogue," Edwards said.
The shooting comes after two weeks of tension and frustration in the capital city, with relations between the police and community frayed. The calls Sunday instead were for unity.
"We would ask for prayers from this community, for our officers, for the families that have been effected by today's senseless, senseless shooting that went on this morning," said Chief Carl Dabadie, Baton Rouge Police Department.
Dabadie was clearly choked up and shaken while speaking about his fallen officers. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux also was visibly frustrated.
"Until we come together as a nation, as a people, to heal as a people, if we don't do that and this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people," Gautreaux said.
With a day of tragedy behind them, leaders then began to focus instead on the healing process.
"They are our first responders. Now we pledge to them and their families that we will be their first responders," Mayor Kip Holden said.
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