Obama condemns fatal shootings of New York police officers

Police are pictured at the scene of a shooting where two New York Police officers were shot dead in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Police are pictured at the scene of a shooting where two New York Police officers were shot dead in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Dec 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONOLULU (REUTERS) - US President Barack Obama said he unconditionally condemned the fatal shootings of two police officers in New York City on Saturday, adding in a statement that police officers "deserve our respect and gratitude every single day."

Obama's response followed an attack by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley who allegedly walked up to two officers in a parked squad car in Brooklyn and shot them dead.