Justice Department will help in wounded Baton Rouge, Lynch says
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch thanked a group of Baton Rouge police officers today for their work during “challenging times” after the shooting that killed three law enforcement officers earlier this month.
The Associated Press reports Lynch met with with dozens of officers and other first responders this morning, telling them that “we feel with you, we feel for you and we support you.”
Lynch and Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a memorial service Thursday for the three officers killed during a July 17 shootout with a gunman.
That shooting occurred less than two weeks after protests erupted in Baton Rouge over the July 5 death of Alton Sterling, a black man shot and killed during a scuffle with two white officers. The Justice Department is investigating Sterling’s shooting.
At an afternoon press conference, Lynch said she has met with Sterling’s five children. The attorney general called her meeting with the children and their mothers a “condolence call.” She praised Sterling’s family members for calling for “peace and calm” in the wake of his death.
Lynch said she did not discuss the investigation with Sterling’s family. She also said she would not provide any new details about the investigation and declined to comment about how long it might take to conduct.
The Associated Press will update this story.