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Obama says America is horrified over Dallas attack

Obama says there is “no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement.”


 
President Barack Obama addresses the overnight shooting of police officers in Dallas, Texas, in Warsaw, Poland Friday, July 8, 2016, before attending the NATO Summit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama addresses the overnight shooting of police officers in Dallas, Texas, in Warsaw, Poland Friday, July 8, 2016, before attending the NATO Summit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WARSAW, Poland – President Barack Obama said Friday that America is “horrified” by a targeted shooting of police officers in Dallas, and he said there is no justification for the violence.

“We still don’t know all the facts. What we do know is that there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement,” Obama said in a brief statement to reporters.

The president called the shooters motives “twisted” and vowed that “justice will be done.”

“There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement,” Obama said.

Obama spoke with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings early Friday and offered his support and condolences. He said the FBI is also in contact with Dallas police.

Obama spoke from Warsaw, Poland, where he is meeting with NATO and European Union leaders. Obama arrived early Friday shortly before the snipers opened fire on police officers, killing five officers and injuring seven others during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men.

Immediately after landing in Warsaw, and before the shootings, Obama made a point of expressing solidarity with protesters. In a hastily arranged statement to reporters Obama called on Americans to do more to fight injustice and racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

The remarks appeared aimed at ensuring Obama did not appear to be withdrawn from the roiling public debate over police brutality. The president has acknowledged becoming out of the touch with the public mood during past foreign travels and seemed determined not to let that happen this week.

In this case, Obama also proved to be grimly attuned to the potential for violence directed at police and criticism that the protesters were hostile toward law enforcement.

There’s no contradiction between supporting law enforcement and working to see that biases in the justice system are rooted out, Obama said.

“So when people say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ that doesn’t mean blue lives don’t matter,” he said, referring to police. “It just means all lives matter _ but right now the big concern is the fact that the data shows black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents.”

Obama expressed his gratitude to police officers and said noted he had grieved families of fallen officers. He reiterated that message Friday morning.

“Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices that they make for us,” Obama said. “Today our focus is on the victims and their families. They are heartbroken. The entire city of Dallas is grieving. Police across America, which is a tight-knit family, feels this loss to their core.”


 
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Obama says America is horrified over Dallas attack

  1. America is broken. The people are great but the country is broken. The political system selects the 2 worst candidates from their membership and one of the two become the president. There is a mass shooting with horrid regularity. The medical system is unaffordable or unavailable. There is ethnic tension from coast to coast. The list goes on. There seems to be no end in sight top these shocking occurences. I’m a Canadian and proud to be. And there is no possible way I would even consider venturing into America for any reason whatsoever. God Bless Canada!

  2. The President who rains drone missiles down on brown people, double-tapping first responders with a second missile, and who summarily executes an odd American or two with them says violence is bad.

    All lives matter**

    **except when I say otherwise and drown a drone missile on their head.

  3. Obama doesn’t get it. Or he ignores the problem. This racial tension is a direct result of the economic disparity between the empowered and the disenfranchised. The USA is descending into chaos. It is obvious that the 5 Dallas police officers deaths were a direct result of black men being treated unfairly by the society they are trying to be a part of. You cannot continually have a group in your country be held down by racial and economic biases that create a sense of despair. Look back into the past of the USA to see revolutions instigated by unrest combatting oppressive governments toward the people. Obama has done nothing to improve the economics of the black community. Frankly, his second term was a waste of four years, because of his entrenched views to his counterparts. Posturing as he has done for four years, has done the USA people no good.

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