Obama calls for national unity after Baton Rouge shooting

President Barack Obama on Sunday strongly condemned the shootings in Baton Rouge that killed three police officers and wounded three others, saying there was 'no justification' for the violence.
US President Barack Obama speaking at the White House in Washington after three officers were killed in a shooting in Baton Rouge on July 17, 2016.
US President Barack Obama speaking at the White House in Washington after three officers were killed in a shooting in Baton Rouge on July 17, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama on Sunday (July 17) called for national unity after the killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge, and warned against using the deadly event to inflame political fighting during a charged political campaign.

"We have our divisions and they are not new," Obama said in a press conference. "That is why it is so important that... everyone right now focus on words and actions that can unite this country further.

"We don't need inflammatory rhetoric."

Three police officers were shot to death and three others wounded in Baton Rouge on Sunday, less than two weeks after a black man was killed by police in the Louisiana capital, sparking nationwide protests.