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Sue Lincoln

“Pure, unadulterated evil,” was how Governor John Bel Edwards described the killing of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge during a Monday press conference.

“There is no doubt whatsoever that these officers were intentionally targeted and assassinated,”

Louisiana State Police Commander Mike Edmonson stated.

He gave the media a detailed description of Sunday’s firefight between Baton Rouge  cops and deputies, and the gunman, Gavin Long – including showing photos of the multiple weapons Long brought to the attack..

Sue Lincoln

Three law enforcement officers are dead, three others wounded as shots rang out and through Baton Rouge once again, at another convenience store – this one, just blocks from Baton Rouge Police headquarters.

Law enforcement officials continue to work the scene in and around the convenience store where 3 officers were killed and another 3 were wounded Sunday morning.

Louisiana State Police commander Col. Mike Edmonson says they believe a suspect shot and killed at the scene was responsible for killing and wounding the officers. That gunman has been identified as 29-year-old Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Missouri.

Two Baton Rouge city police officers were killed, with a third wounded, and one EBR sheriff's deputy was killed, with two other deputies wounded.

Sue Lincoln

Many only know the state’s capital city at the “best of times”, such as during legislative sessions or LSU football season. But since the Alton Sterling shooting, the world is seeing Baton Rouge at the “worst of times”.

“Baton Rouge is a classic ‘Tale of Two Cities’,” says Southern University political science professor Albert Samuels, and , he adds that race is the primary factor creating that duality.

Governor John Bel Edwards and Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson were in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. They were part of a meeting called by President Obama to discuss recent shooting deaths in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas. They were joined by other law enforcement and elected officials, as well as civil rights activists. 


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