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President Barack Obama urged unity after a shooting on Sunday that killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana ― the fourth incident of gun violence in just two weeks that he has addressed publicly.

Speaking from the White House, Obama called on Americans to tamp down on divisive rhetoric, particularly given the Republican and Democratic conventions occurring in the next two weeks, “where our political rhetoric tends to be more overheated than usual,” he said.

“Everyone, right now: focus on words and actions that can unite this country rather than divide it further,” he said. “We don’t need inflammatory rhetoric. We don’t need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda. We need to temper our words and open our hearts ― all of us.”

Obama condemned the Baton Rouge attack, which also left three officers injured. It was the second attack on police in recent days.

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