WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Thursday and Friday to attend a vigil honoring fallen police officers and meet with community leaders, the Justice Department said.
Lynch will join U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at a vigil at 2 p.m. Central time (1700 GMT) Thursday for three police officers shot dead on July 17 by a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with ties to an African-American anti-government group, the department said.
Lynch and Biden's presence will serve to underscore the Obama administration's commitment to police safety.
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President Obama traveled to Dallas in the wake of the shootings of five police officers there. Since taking office as Attorney General, Lynch has traveled the country on a "community policing tour" that highlights best practices of local departments.
Biden has become a liaison between the White House and police as tensions between departments and minority communities have escalated in recent years.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bernadette Baum and James Dalgleish)