Obama Reacts to Dallas Police Shooting With Reference to Gun Control
by SUSAN JONES
July 8, 2016
A grim President Obama, just arrived in Poland for NATO meetings early Friday, condemned the "vicious, calculated and despicable attack" on Dallas police.
Five officers were killed and six others injured in what appears to be a coordinated attack by at least four snipers who opened fire on police near the end of a peaceful protest over recent police shootings. Police still don't know if the shooters had any connection to the protest.
Obama said the attack is a "wrenching reminder" of the sacrifices police make for us.
"We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons, it also makes attacks like these more deadly, more tragic. And in the days ahead, we're going to have to consider those realities as well.
"In the meantime, today, our focus is on the victims anad 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. And we're grieving with them. I'd ask all Americans to say a prayer for these officers and their families, keep them in your thoughts, and as a nation, let's remember to express our gratitude to our men and women in blue, not just today but every day."
Obama, quoting police, said there are multiple suspects in the Dallas massacre:
"We will learn more, undoubtedly, about their twisted motivations, but let's be clear, there is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement.
"The FBI is already in touch with the Dallas police, and anyone involved in these senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done," the president said.
"I will have more to say about this as the facts become more clear. For now, let me just say that, even as yesterday I spoke about our need to be concerned as all Americans about racial disparities in our criminal justice system, I also said yesterday that our police have an extraordinarily difficult job, and the vast majority of them do their job in outstanding fashion.
"I also indicated the degree to which we need to be supportive of those offiers who do their job each and every day, protecting us and protecting our communities."
Obama on Thursday expressed his condolences to the families of Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge and Philando Castile of Minnesota, both black men captured on videotape as police shot and killed them.
"These are not isolated incidents," Obama said on Thursday. "They are symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system."
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Susan brings to CNSNews.com a strong background in broadcast writing and editing. She joined CNSNews.com in April 1999, after working for 18 years as a television producer and news-writer in the Washington, D.C., Denver, and Greensboro, N.C., television markets. Susan holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.