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Obama: Police Can Be Safer By Admitting Their Failures

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America’s police will be safer when they admit they have a problem, President Obama declared on Sunday at a bilateral event with the prime minister of Spain in Madrid.

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.”

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  • Joseph Olson

    So the answer is further division? I have read and re-read the figures. They are there. This issue goes back far before Obama. If you take a look at the worst neighborhoods in all major cities. They all have one thing in common. They all fall within the red line areas of the 1940-1950 government. Those former red line areas are still the poorest of the poor. A large majority of them hold very little prospects for jobs for those that live there and are often food deserts except for fast food. More resentment likely comes from economics than from interaction with police.
    But, going on 50 I even remember that I knew the cops in my area in North Minneapolis. They came to the park to talk to us as kids. In many Police departments the only time anyone sees the police is when there is trouble. There is zero bond with the people of the community. There was a time when you knew the cop and you would say “you know that red house on the next block sure has a lot of people going in and out”. The police would then look in to it and nip it in the bud before it was a wider issue in the area. Now, where I live I couldn’t tell you the name of a single cop that patrols my area. It’s not because I am afraid of them or am avoiding them. It is because I never see them except when there is trouble. I don’t know what command they belong to or even where our nearest command station is. There was a time when there were police athletic leagues when I was growing up. Now there is nothing. There is no interaction with the public and no familiarity with the officers in my area. That is making it more dangerous for officers and citizens alike because there is a lack of familiarity and trust.

  • BlacksForEqualRights

    Yes…there is a problem and we need to start with Police Reform. Officers before they are hired suppose to go through an extensive background check. They are not suppose to be members of “HATE” groups like Ayron Nation or KKK. However in light of the recent shooting more info that are facts is being released that some of these officers were members of such groups. So America needs to clean up their act and produce better and safer Police Officers. In Black neighborhoods their should not be 80% White & Black Officers in a Black Community. Where are the Black Officers?

    • jimbo

      Show us your sources for the cops who are KKK members. The Dallas police chief asked blacks to apply for police jobs. Don’t forget background checks. No criminals need apply.

  • honeysuckle40

    Obama, I won’t call you Mr President. Wake up and look at your problem. You are the racist causing all the problems in this country. You have torn us apart instead of bringing us together. Do not blame the police. Get out and look who is causing the problems.

  • Flashes

    When the media, government, and BLM admit the cultural failures and the inherent inadequacies, belligerence, and criminality spawned by that culture, we’ll all be safer. But, that’s racist.

  • Boko Hos

    I’m not sure why everyone is so butthurt over his statements. Nothing he said is untrue.

  • Eduardo Esparza

    He is ISIS SECRET “no so secret”weapon

  • bjp

    Asshole. Why don’t you admit you are a liar, race baiter, racist, and is causing all these issues in American society. Better yet why don’t you admit you are the problem and resign. So sweep at your own back door you are a disgrace to the American people. The police are suffering because of you. I think you and your pos wife should be evicted from the white house. You have broken American with all your vacations and supporting your Muslim events. I hope karma bites you in the ass.

  • Steve Louden

    It isn’t the police officers who “have a problem”, you poor excuse for a president, it’s people out there who have the same hatefilled attitude that you have about law officers, the military and white people!

  • Jim

    Glad to see our chief executive (the one ultimately in charge of enforcing the law) has the cop’s back. [Please note heavy sarcasm].

  • rapidjake

    Dear Mr.Obama,
    GFY!

  • Katrina

    It is sounding more and more like a threat from 0bama. He couldn’t be behind these attacks in some way to help push his agenda? Nah, I’m sure he is too honest to pull something like that. He just endorsed honest Hillary. Many people close to the Clintons who had information that could disrupt their political ambitions have had sudden accidents or committed suicide. But maybe that just happens naturally around people with things to hide. The best way for a president to help with the problems we are having would seem to be to stress the fact that laws are there for all to abide by, and there are consequences when you break them. And that would include inciting riots and blocking interstate commerce on highways.

  • LadyoftheCats

    What a betrayer. He’s no President. Horrible!

  • ❤️??❤️

    He had a wealthy, coddled, upper-middle class upbringing; so what does he know about any of this tension in these types of neighborhoods anyway?

    • Katrina

      He seems pretty good at raising the tension. Community activist background.

  • Melissa Lewis Ruhe

    This guy is a race BATER and has been for 8yrs. He is disgusting. He has made AMERICA something it os NOT. TRUMP2016 has to get it back. USA unity again. God bless AMERICA

  • Dale Huber

    The man is just a straight up Jerk. I’ll be so glad when his time is UP!

  • apgreco

    Our president is feckless and clueless. For someone who is supposed a ‘man of the people’ he really has no clue how America thinks. He should spend a night with a NYC cop in Bedford Stuyvesant. Now THAT would be an education !!!

  • ZynWoof

    This guy, on Pennsylvania Avenue, isn’t wasting one second of the last few moments he has left with his planned agenda, from the start, of leaving an evil legacy of division & hatred in this country.