The tragic police shooting in Baton Rouge is being felt at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere says many people attending the convention are praying Baton Rouge, especially the families of the police officers who were killed.

“Our hearts go out and our sympathy for the families of the three policemen that were killed and the ones that were hurt, but really for policemen nationwide,” Villere said.

Villere says he believes public safety will become an even bigger platform for national leaders in response to the tragic shootings that have taken place throughout the country.

“Basic security is the number one responsibility of our federal government, and I think that’s going to make a difference in the election,” Villere said.

Villere says security has been ramped up at the convention because of the recent violence. He says it takes an extra 30 minutes or so to get through security, but it’s worth it to keep everyone safe.

“It’s important that people feel secure, but it’s awful to think in America that we have to go through this,” Villere said.