Race Relations: Just hours after President Obama blasted cops for targeting blacks in the wake of two police-involved shooting deaths and said "change has been too slow," five officers were killed by sniper fire at a Black Lives Matter rally.
On a Facebook posting that Obama put up around 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, he lamented that recent fatal shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota "are not isolated incidents."
Obama wrote that "they are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year."
At 6:45 that evening, he gave a speech from Poland, to reiterate these points. "When we see data that indicates disparities in how African Americans and Latinos may be treated in various jurisdictions around the country, then it's incumbent on all of us to say, we can do better than this."
Obama complained that "change has been too slow and we have to have a greater sense of urgency about this."
Just before 8 p.m. EDT, the sniper fire struck police in Dallas at a Black Lives Matter rally, which was being held to protest the two killings Obama was talking about. Five cops were killed and seven wounded in the attack -- one of the murders caught on videotape was at point-blank range.Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.
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