Obama Responds To Police Shootings And Dallas Attack
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After arriving in Warsaw for Thursday night’s NATO summit, President Obama spoke to the press about the recent killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castle. Obama made it clear that the deaths were an issue that needed to be addressed immediately. 

“When incidents like these occur, there’s a big chunk of our fellow citizens that feels as if because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same—and that hurts. And that should trouble all of us. This is not just a black issue. It’s not just a Hispanic issue. This is an American issue that we should all care about.”

12 Officers Shot, 5 Confirmed Dead During Peaceful Protest Against Police Brutality In Dallas

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In an earlier statement via The Atlantic, Obama revealed that he and the First Lady share the same sentiments of many Americans, “anger, frustration, and grief.” But, Obama spoke out again less than 12 hours later when shootings in Dallas rocked the nation. 

During a peaceful protest, gunmen took aim at Dallas law enforcement. Twelve officers were shot, five of them killed, and two civilians injured. Obama called the shootings a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack.” He added, “There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks, or any violence against law enforcement. Justice will be done.”

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