In the wake of a shooting that left three Louisiana officers dead and three more wounded Sunday morning — a tragic cap to two weeks of unrest following the fatal police shooting of a black man, the state's governor declared that the violence "has to stop."
Other Louisiana officials also expressed their fatigue of unrest in the state and across the nation as the tumult climaxed Sunday with two Baton Rouge police officers and one East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office deputy shot dead.
"To me this is not so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s hearts," said East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. "Until we come together as a nation, as a people — to heal as a people — if we don’t do that and this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people."
The shooting came a little more than a week after five Dallas police officers were shot and killed in the midst of a peaceful protest over the police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge andPhilando Castile near St. Paul, Minnesota.
"Let peace prevail," Baton Rouge Kip Holden implored Sunday.
"There simply is no place for more violence," echoed Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. "It doesn’t address any injustice, perceived or real. It is just an injustice in and of itself."
"The violence, the hatred just has to stop," Edwards said. "And it's in times like this, I wish the command of the English language that I have were adequate to the task to convey the full range of the emotions I am feeling."
"We are not going to tolerate more hate and violence," Edwards said before asking for prayers so that "we can be what we're supposed to be in the United States of America."
"Because we're not there today," he said.