The Associated Press is now reporting that one officer is dead and three others were injured after gunfire erupts at a Dallas protest over two recent fatal police shootings. “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.
Thompson was among five police officers killed during a Thursday night demonstration to protest police shooting deaths of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. “This is not just a Hispanic issue”, Obama said at a televised press conference Thursday from Warsaw where he will attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.
Despite the fourth suspect’s claims that explosives were “all over the place”, none have found after sweeps by bomb disposal experts. “This is about us recognizing the burden that’s been placed on a particular group of our citizens”.
Obama repeatedly stressed that he believes that most police officers do their jobs without bias and that addressing complaints about police brutality would not undermine law enforcement.
The suspect is not cooperating and has told negotiators he intends to hurt more law enforcement officials, the chief said. This is an American issue.
“We’ve seen such tragedies far too many times, and our hearts go out to the families and communities who’ve suffered such a painful loss”, Obama wrote on his Facebook page.
Immediately after landing in Warsaw, and before the shootings, Obama had expressed solidarity with protesters.
He said he was “encouraged” that the Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“These are not isolated incidents”, Obama said on Thursday.
Speaking at the site of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Warsaw, Poland, Obama called last night’s shootings a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement” and says “we are horrified over these events”. “Michelle and I share those feelings”, Obama said.
President Barack Obama pauses while making a statement on Afghanistan from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. I also indicated the degree in which we need to be supportive of those officers who do their job each and every day. “They have to be responsive and move more quickly with minimal bureaucracy to deliver real economic progress in the lives of ordinary people”.
A White House task force on better policing tactics issued recommendations a year ago on how to improve community relations with law enforcement. As is my practice, given my institutional role, I can’t comment on the specific facts of these cases, and I have full confidence in the Justice Department’s ability to conduct a thorough and fair inquiry. There, eyewitness video captured the police shooting of 37-year-old Alton Sterling outside a convenience store Tuesday.