Mystery surrounds Baton Rouge gunman

On July 7, five Dallas police officers were killed in what authorities called a "sniper ambush" at the end of one of these peaceful protests.

Obama has said nothing justifies attacks on law enforcement, a sentiment he reiterated in the two-page letter.

For many in Baton Rouge, the police have been viewed as overly aggressive and unrepresentative of a city where more than half the 230,000 residents are black. "Donna and I ask everyone to continue praying for the victims, their families, our communities, and law enforcement officers around this state and country".

Obama urged a stop to the bloodshed. "A part of us died with him".

Obama wrote the letter as he remains under intense criticism from some police officials and others who accuse him of fostering a climate that has led to the intentional killing of law enforcement officers. "He drew them to the scene".

Police in Baton Rouge, a city with a long history of distrust and tension between its African-American residents and law enforcement, sought to deflect criticism from civil rights activists that the police force there had become over-militarised.

A witness told local media the gunman carried what appeared to be an AR-15 assault-style rifle.

"There is no doubt whatsoever that these officers were intentionally targeted and assassinated", Edmonson said. Edwards described the shooting as an "absolutely unspeakable heinous attack". "That is the engagement that you will see that his movements articulated, they are intact, they are combative and they are real".

In a statement, the National Fraternal Order of Police said the letter sent an important message because "we want and deserve to change the national dialogue".

Sandra Sterling told ABC News that she was "hurting" for the families of the slain police officers. "Emotions are raw", the governor said. "People are mourning from a lot of different perspectives", Isaac said.

Gerald had been serving for less than a year and, like Jackson, was assigned to the uniform patrol bureau, according to the department.

People attend a candlelight vigil for fallen Baton Rouge police officers, at the Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, July 18, 2016.

"I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me", Montrell Jackson wrote. These are trying times.

Arrangements for 45-year-old Brad Garafola, an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy and a father of four, have not been made public.

Deputy Nicholas Tullier is still fighting for his life.

Obama said nothing could be more patriotic and professional than police officers protecting demonstrators who were protesting against them, and he said that was a proud example of the country's most basic freedoms.

Bruce Simmons, 51, was shot as well. He was killed in a gun battle with police.

Long served in the Marines from 2005 to 2010, reaching the rank of sergeant. He was a data network specialist who received the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Medal and others. He rented a auto in Kansas City.

The releasable record on Long doesn't indicate where he worked in Iraq. Investigators are still working to validate the authenticity of mountains of videos and online writings that Long is suspected of posting online under the pseudonym "Cosmo Setepenra".

An employee with the Baton Rouge Sheriff's office visits a makeshift memorial for the officers.

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As a black man and Cincinnati's Chief of Police, Eliot Isaac lives at the center of two worlds that have collided in recent weeks after the killings of two black men at the hands of police and the fatal attacks on several police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "We still have to go out there and do our jobs on a daily basis", Poplar said.