National League of Cities Statement on Police Shooting in Baton Rouge

WASHINGTON — The following statement was released after reports that police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were killed and injured. It is attributed to National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony:

"Today, we learned that an unspeakable act of violence was committed against officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims' families, the public safety community, and the residents of Baton Rouge as they face the pain and heartbreak of yet another tragedy in their city.

"Cities stand united with Baton Rouge, law enforcement, and the city's leaders — including Mayor Kip Holden and the Metropolitan Council — during this difficult time. While the facts of this incident are still emerging, one thing is clear: it is time to take action and confront this epidemic of gun violence that's killing our brothers, sisters and fellow members of our communities."

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