President Obama called for peace Friday in the wake of the slaughter in Dallas that left five police officers dead, labeling the bloodshed a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.”
Obama, speaking from Warsaw, Poland the morning after Micah Johnson opened fire during a police brutality protest, praised officers across the U.S. and asked that the nation pause and pray for the fallen.
“There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement,” he said.
The President pushed for peace and repeated his belief that there was no contradiction between supporting law enforcement and rooting out biases in the justice system.
“When people say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ they don’t mean blue lives don’t,” he said.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the Dallas murders an “unfathomable tragedy” in a “week of profound grief and heartbreaking loss.”
Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the Dallas shooting an “unfathomable tragedy” in a “week of profound grief and heartbreaking loss.”
The massacre in Texas followed national outrage over the deaths of black men in police shootings this week in Brooklyn, Minnesota and Louisiana.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich offered a surprising take on the week’s tragedies.
“If you are a normal white American, the truth is you don’t understand being black in America,” Gingrich, a top option for Donald Trump’s running mate, told CNN.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says a “normal white American” won’t “understand being black in America.”
The comment was a big shift from when Gingrich labeled President Obama the “food stamp president” and suggested he had a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” world-view.
Celebrities also expressed their grief over the events in Dallas.
“We are all hurting tonight. More violence is not the answer. #StoptheViolence,” NBA star LeBron James tweeted.
A world-weary Jay Z said he was “disappointed” that an anthem he wrote addressing police brutality years ago is still relevant today. The rap mogul released the song, “Spiritual” on Thursday.
“I’m saddened and disappointed in this America,” the Brooklyn artist, whose real name is Shawn Carter, wrote in a statement. “We should be further along. We are not.”