President Obama wants the nation’s law enforcement officials to know that he has their backs in today’s tense environment.
In an open letter released yesterday, President Obama voiced his support for police officers, writing that he appreciates the duties that they serve.
“As you continue to defend us with quiet dignity, we proclaim loudly our appreciation for the acts of service you perform as part of your daily routine,” he wrote. “When you see civilians at risk, you don’t see them as strangers. You see them as your own family, and you lay your life on the line for them. You put others’ safety before your own, and you remind us that loving our country means loving one another.”
In the letter, President Obama recognizes both the Dallas and Baton Rouge police officers who were recently killed in the line of duty. Specifically, he references shooting victim Officer Montrell Jackson, who posted a Facebook status just days before his death begging the community to remain peaceful.
He continues, saying that though things are tense, Americans still support them in their duties.
“As you continue to serve us in this tumultuous hour, we again recognize that we can no longer ask you to solve issues we refuse to address as a society,” he wrote. “We should give you the resources you need to do your job, including our full-throated support.”
President Obama concludes the letter by offering law enforcement officials his continued support and telling them that “we have your backs.”
“As we bind up our wounds, we must come together to ensure that those who try to divide us do not succeed,” he wrote. “We are at our best when we recognize our common humanity, set an example for our children of trust and responsibility, and honor the sacrifices of our bravest by coming together to be better.”
Read the letter in full here and leave us a comment telling us what you think of President Obama’s proclamation.
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