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US attorney general, others respond to recent violence against police

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United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks on the recent violence against police at a press conference in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks on the recent violence against police at a press conference in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

(KMOV.com) - The violence against police, military, and moviegoers in recent months has caught the attention of United States leaders. 

Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke about the senseless tragedies at a conference in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. 

"This violence against all of us, regardless of what uniform any of us wears, has to end," said Lynch.

In particular, the number of attacks on law enforcement has reportedly spiked over recent years.

"If you look at the number of officers killed in the line of duty this year compared to last year, it's down," said Tim Fitch, former St. Louis Police Chief. 

"But what's startling is the number of ambushed on police officers. Those are up almost triple compared to the previous year."

Dr. Cedric Alexander has worked in law enforcement for nearly 40 years. He said although some communities may have strained relationships with local authorities, most residents don't want to live in lawless neighborhoods without police.

"It's a very tough time to be a police officer at this moment. However, these men and women that are out there doing this job are not going to stop doing it," said Alexander.

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