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Obama to speak at Dallas memorial for police slain in ambush

Reuters

President Barack Obama visits Dallas on Tuesday to address a memorial service for five police officers killed at a protest against police violence, as he seeks to mend divisions inflamed by the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement in almost 15 years.

Former U.S. Army Reserve soldier Micah Johnson, 25, gunned down the officers in an ambush on Thursday after expressing anger over recent police killings of black people. Johnson then was killed by an explosive-laden robot sent in by police.  

Johnson, who was black, opened fire during a march protesting the police shootings last week of two black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and outside St. Paul, Minnesota, the latest in a string of high-profile killings that have stirred a deepest debate on race and justice in America.

Johnson had said he wanted to “kill white people,” particularly police, according to a police account of their unsuccessful negotiations with him.

Obama has to twin sympathy over the Dallas attack and for law enforcement officers around the country with support for black Americans who say police are too quick to use violence against them. After the deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota at the hands of police last week, Obama said a significant number of Americans believe they are treated differently because of the color of their skin.

House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who has been a fierce critic of Obama’s policies, joined the president on Air Force One on the flight to Dallas, the White House said.

“At a time when our country is feeling so divided, I think it is important that the country’s leaders are coming together across party lines despite significant political differences to emphasize our shared desire to unify the country,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with Obama.

“Unfortunately, it’s in moments of tragedy that this unity is revealed. This is a phenomenon the president will note in his remarks,” Earnest added.

Obama, the first black U.S. president, has drawn criticism in the past from some in law enforcement for his tone in the aftermath of shootings by officers.

A HATE CRIME

Obama told senior law enforcement officials on Monday that he sees the Dallas shooting as a hate crime, or one motivated by bias, said Jim Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, who was in the closed-door meeting at the White House.

Pasco said Obama drew a parallels between the actions of the Dallas shooter and Dylann Roof, the man prosecutors say espoused white supremacist beliefs before fatally shooting nine black people inside a church in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015.

Johnson’s death makes the question of charges against him moot, but Pasco said police unions are using the incident to lobby for a change to a federal statute that would allow the targeting of police, regardless of their race, to be charged as a hate crime.

White House officials did not dispute Pasco’s account of the meeting.

Obama will deliver his address at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center during a private memorial service scheduled for 12:45 p.m. CT. Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, is also scheduled to speak. Bush lives in Dallas.

Obama will also meet with the families of the slain policemen and others who were wounded, the White House said.

The slain officers were: Mike Smith, 55; Lorne Ahrens, 48; Michael Krol, 40; Brent Thomson, 43, and Patrick Zamarripa, 32.

Since the attack, members of the public have been leaving tributes including flowers and stuffed animals at a growing memorial outside Dallas police headquarters.

Police from nearby Arlington, Texas, will handle security for Obama’s visit, so that the city’s police force can grieve, Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters.

As he has done repeatedly after mass shootings in the past several years, Obama reiterated a call for stricter gun control in the United States following the Dallas attack.

The Senate took up the issue after an attack on a gay nightclub last month in Orlando that killed 49 people and was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. But senators failed to agree on any one approach. While Democrats in the House, along with some Republicans, have been clamoring for legislation, deep divisions among Republicans who control the chamber have prevented any legislation from even reaching the House floor.

The death toll in Dallas was the highest for law enforcement on a single day in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Nine officers and two civilians were also wounded in the Dallas shootings.

The owner of the Baton Rouge convenience store outside of which Sterling, 37, was shot dead last week on Monday sued the city claiming that he was illegally detained after the incident.

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19 Responses to Obama to speak at Dallas memorial for police slain in ambush

  1. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “The death toll in Dallas was the highest for law enforcement on a single day in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.”

    Didn’t even make a dent in the murdering pig ranks.

    A small blip on the radar compared to what’s coming.

  2. Tess. says:

    I am sick listening Lynch dodge the questions although i love to see her squirm All these govt people testify with answers, I dont have the info on that, i dont have an answer on that, she cant answer a yes or no question. They have no answers, Killary is so dumb she cant tell a Code, or know Tech stuff. And we elect them, and they want us to vote for them to run the Country?

    • tc says:

      I’m pretty sure everyone in that room today knows that Hitlary is a lying, drug smuggling, murdering, international criminal with the only possible exception being the camera operator. And I’d bet five zollars the camera operator knows it too.

  3. Tess. says:

    Everything has to be about him. Why doesnt he go home and speak about the deaths in Chicago?

  4. NC says:

    Stay outta Dallas, you Kenyan piece of shit! Not even the police want you here.

    I’m sick of this bastard. Hope someone goes JFK on him.

  5. NC says:

    “Obama, the first black U.S. president, has drawn criticism in the past from some in law enforcement for his tone in the aftermath of shootings by officers.”

    Seriously? You have to go there? You have to state the obvious that he is “the first black U.S. president”. Like we haven’t known that for the past 8 years. Yea….just keep pumping up that race war rhetoric, you Commie MSM agency.

  6. Millard says:

    They drag out the “Smirking Chimp” for the daisy planting ceremonies. Bush, Obama, other assholes are all in Dallas at once. Where’s Oswald when we need him?

    Oh, that’s right, he’s in the 2nd floor snack room getting a Coke.

    Now, Samuel L. Jackson’s glasses on a look-alike Samuel L. Jackson will reassure the American public, playing some Stevie Wonder, close your eyes for easier hypnotic induction. Open your mouth and take this scoop shovel of shit, uhmm, uhmm, like a song is gonna fix all this. Barf, barf, puke, puke, projectile vomiting pending.

    If you decide to wear a badge and infringe upon our rights as you tow the party line, just remember, that badge is not bulletproof. I will shed no tears for those pigs. It’s reasonable to assume they did the normal police bullshit and had more than a few enemies. If they weren’t such assholes, they may gain sympathy. It’s hard to adore gorillas.

    Now, uppity nigger steps up to the podium. “For I am kind, merciful, all-loving, and all-caring” and a bunch more bullshit words to smooth this over.

    Who the hell in their right mind would want to be a pig? Black and white with a huge “gray area” in between. It’s not my turn to tow the line. No one should, it’s all bullsquat.

  7. NC says:

    “Police from nearby Arlington, Texas, will handle security for Obama’s visit, so that the city’s police force can grieve, Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters.”

    Why? Can’t the SOB handle his own security? Why do we have to provide security for the wannabe king? F**k him! I didn’t ask for that Kenyan piece of shit to come here. If he wants to come here, do it on his own time and money, NOT mine! 😡

  8. sharon says:

    Nobody bothered to mention that the moron Bush also was speaking. What a joke this country is.

  9. BMF says:

    To Micah Johnson, a man who valued justice more than his own life: R.I.P.

    To Obama, the Blue Mafia, and all its supporters: G.F.Y.

  10. Enemy of the State says:

    “For I am kind, merciful, all-loving, and all-caring”

    oh hey hang on a second as i have my military pilot this drone over here and kill this person were not to sure of , and that kid with him

  11. Katie says:

    “At a time when our country is feeling so divided, I think it is important that the country’s leaders are coming together across party lines despite significant political differences to emphasize our shared desire to unify the country,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with Obama.

    Leaders!? NO.

    POTUS is soiling Texas, period.

  12. Rota Wolfman says:

    I was in a store when this service first started. The first guy I heard was giving several references to the “rainbow.” The rainbow symbol was adopted by the New Age Movement. One of the HQ’s is in the United Nations. This organization had to change its name because of the bad overtones. The original name: Lucifer’s Trust. New name: Lucis Trust.

    Read: “The Hidden Dangers of The Rainbow,” by Constance Combey.

    I bought my food and drove into work, Obama was still talking! The camera shot had the pentagram pointing right at him. That was no accident. That pentagram sign and the way the people were standing, they made sure that pentagram could be seeing point to his head in that camera shot. Did anyone else see that?

    Obama has Royal Blood going back to B.C. Israel.
    (watch “Royal Red Dragon Bloodlines” (either in part or whole no audio needed).

    He is qualified to enter into the “Holy of Holies” if true.

    • KOYOTE says:

      THE “HOLY OF HOLIES” IS THE BODY OF CHRIST….. READ THE NEW TESTAMENT YET? OBAMA IS “QUALIFIED” TO BE A COMMUNIST NIGGER AND A TARGET PRACTICE FOR A BOLT ACTION RIFLEMAN…….. THATS ABOUT IT

  13. Enemy of the State says:

    Obama first blames white cops for black crime, now he’s live on cnn talking out his A$$. First he says that the majority of cops are doing everything fairly and that the cops aren’t biased and have his respect blah blah blah then goes into whites being racist again.

  14. Rota Wolfman says:

    Koyote I was referring to when the anti christ marches into the temple and proceeds to enter into the inner room aka holy of holies and proclaims himself “God.”

    • KOYOTE says:

      GOD DOES NOT LIVE IN TEMPLES MADE WITH HANDS ……
      Act 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
      Act 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
      Act 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
      Act 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
      someone has lied to you about the nature and coming of antichrist…. heres a hint. the nature of the “son of perdition” remains unchanged.
      Joh 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
      Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
      2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. see? not a stone temple………………….

    • Katie says:

      This will not occur until after Christ has returned for his Church.

      I would imagine many people will believe the lie that the anti christ(a man) is God due to one of the greatest deceptions Satan has perpetrated upon the Church, as well as “the dead are alive up in heaven.”

      God is Spirit. God is NOT a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent.

      The triune God is non existent.

  15. Katie says:

    By the way, this takes nothing away from Christ’s exalted position that God, his Father and ours gave him. Christ is Lord, our Savior, brother, high priest, redeemer, our righteousness, the power and wisdom OF God.

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