Obama’s statements following the shootings of five Dallas police officers just get stranger. It was bad enough that he mentioned himself over 40 times in his address at the memorial service in Texas.
However, he hit a new low last week in a little-reported statement made to the press during a visit from Spain’s prime minister.
MRCTV has the story:
Fielding a question on Sunday, July 10, about the violence against police in Dallas, Texas last week, which left five officers dead, Obama said police officers will be safer once they acknowledge their failures:
“There are legitimate issues that have been raised, and there’s data and evidence to back up the concerns that are being expressed by these protesters.
“And if police organizations and departments acknowledge that there’s a problem and there’s an issue, then that, too, is going to contribute to real solutions. And, as I said yesterday, that is what’s going to ultimately help make the job of being a cop a lot safer. It is in the interest of police officers that their communities trust them and that the kind of rancor and suspicion that exists right now is alleviated.”
One problem with this statement is the “data and evidence” Obama cites. The fact is, while African-Americans are more likely to be pulled over by police, they are also guilty of more traffic infractions and other activities that bring them to police attention. Making communities safer for civilians and police officers requires honesty and reform on all sides — unless you’re the president of the United States, that is.