The shooting took place as protesters and Republicans are arriving in Cleveland for the party’s national convention.
Robert Reich shared on Facebook:
'Three police officers were shot dead and at least three others wounded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, today - the latest episode in a month of violence and extraordinary racial tension in the country.
The shooting took place as protesters and Republicans are arriving in Cleveland for the party’s national convention. Although the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association urged people not to take their guns anywhere near Cleveland’s downtown during the convention because officers were already in a 'heightened state,' Ohio’s open carry gun law allows anyone to carry guns in public – including semiautomatic AR-15-style assault rifles that have been used in recent killings – and several people have already been sighted in downtown Cleveland carrying such weapons.
So the Republican convention begins at precisely the time when the nation is convulsed over widening divides – not only of race but also of religion and of class - and at a time when violence is more palpable than at any time in years. Into that breach comes Donald Trump, who has done more than any presidential candidate in American history to widen those divides, incite hatred, and legitimize violence.'