Obama tells police: 'We have your backs'

"How many more innocent people have to be killed before they bring those two officers to justice?" asked Quenton Williams, who described his own struggles with the court system as visitors took photos and laid flowers in front of the ramshackle convenience store where Sterling was killed.

A few yards from a police roadblock on Airline Highway, Keimani Gardner was in the parking lot of a warehouse store that would ordinarily be bustling on a Sunday afternoon.

Jackson was a 10-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department who "loved his job", according to The Advocate. There will be no graveside service, but there will be a processional from the church to Greenoaks Funeral Home. Jackson, an African American, made the Facebook post three days after the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.

But one of the officers killed by Long - Montrell Jackson, 32 - was black. These are trying times. Dallas has been heavily covered in the news lately due to the devastating ambush that killed five police officers.

Surveillance video showed Garafola firing at the gunman from behind a dumpster as bullets hit the concrete around him, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Getreaux said.

Long killed three police officers and wounded three others, one of whom is still "fighting for his life" in hospital, police said.

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Even as Baton Rouge was mourning the three officers, news came Tuesday that a police in Kansas City was shot and killed while sitting in his patrol vehicle.

Racial tension in the United States has been especially high since a black former US Army Reserve soldier fatally shot five Dallas police officers who were patrolling a protest over the police shootings of Sterling and another black man in Minnesota. The killing was captured on cellphone video. "It's a day where the state of Louisiana and Baton Rouge has a heavy heart".

"As we bind up our wounds, we must come together to ensure that those who try to divide us do not succeed", Obama said in the letter.

Simmons has served as a police officer for 23 years.

"Unless relationships are established, there will be no changes".

But the Washitaw Nation is made up of black people who claim to be descended from an indigenous black population of North America. No leaders have said that slaughtering officers in uniform is an answer.

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Residents said their city had been returning to normal before the killing of the officers, two white and one black.

The day after the Dallas shooting, officers in Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia were all shot and wounded, with at least two of them being racially motivated.

LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette confirmed the visits with authorities after the coach was seen entering police headquarters, where he spent more than an hour, by The Associated Press.

Jackson "loved his community, and he loved being a police officer", Cavalier said.

In Washington, President Barack Obama met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson says Long clearly targeted law enforcement, carrying two rifles and a 9 mm handgun in the ambush.

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Obama said that he would continue to work with Congress, local law enforcement and community groups to ensure that police departments have all the resources that they need, including access to training.

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