Local leaders: Our prayers are with Baton Rouge

Posted at 2:51 PM, Jul 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 19:13:15-04

CINCINNATI -- After news broke of another ambush on police, leaving three law enforcement officials dead in Louisiana, local leaders issued statements of sympathy for the victims and their families.

They also expressed solidarity with police in Baton Rouge and law enforcement officers nationwide.

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones tweeted that it was "another sad day for law enforcement and our country."

"On behalf of the City of Cincinnati, our deepest sympathies go to the families of the fallen Baton Rouge officers," Mayor John Cranley said. "These are heroes who literally went to work everyday and risked their own safety to protect others. I can't imagine the pain their community must be feeling at this hour, and our prayers are with them as they try to make sense of these senseless acts."

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he learned of the news after meeting with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to thank troopers for their work at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland:

"I express my most sincere sympathies to those effected by these senseless acts," Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black said. "While the threat of these types of violence can never be completely eliminated we are doing everything possible from an operational standpoint to eliminate them and keep our officers and citizens safe.The men and woman of our police force put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe and protecting them is our utmost priority."

Meanwhile, Cincinnati is hosting the NAACP’s 107th Annual Convention in Downtown. Kasich is scheduled to speak at the convention Sunday evening, while presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is speaking at the event Monday.

Black said the city will remain on a higher state of alert and asked for the public's help.

"If you see something suspicious, say something," Black said.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac said, “The Cincinnati Police Department expresses our deepest sympathies to the officers and families impacted by this latest tragedy in Baton Rouge.  We will continue to make every effort to keep our officers safe and the community at large.”

Lt. Steve Saunders, Cincinnati police spokesman, said the department hasn't yet determined if officers will pair up in cruisers, as they did after five officers were ambushed and killed in Dallas.

President Barack Obama condemned the killings as an attack on civilized society, "and they have to stop."