December 21, 2014 / 6:43 AM / 3 years ago

Obama condemns fatal shootings of New York police officers

Police are pictured at the scene of a shooting where two New York Police officers were shot dead in the Brooklyn borough of New York, December 20, 2014.Carlo Allegri

HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said he unconditionally condemned the fatal shootings of two police officers in New York City on Saturday, adding in a statement that police officers "deserve our respect and gratitude every single day."

Obama's response followed an attack by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley who allegedly walked up to two officers in a parked squad car in Brooklyn and shot them dead.

Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Robert Birsel

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