WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says in an open letter to the nation's law enforcement officers that the nation will get through the aftermath of recent killings of police officers. He says it will take the "love and empathy of public servants" like those slain, as well as resilience, the grace of loved ones and the goodwill of activists.

The White House released the letter Tuesday. It was dated Monday, the day after three law enforcement officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after being ambushed by a lone gunman.

Those deaths followed the sniper killings earlier this month of five Dallas police officers as they guarded a peaceful protest.

Obama has said nothing justifies attacks on law enforcement.

To law enforcement, he says "We have your backs."

Read the letter


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