Obama at Dallas Memorial: Police Officers ‘Deserving of Our Respect and Not Our Scorn’

obamaPresident Obama delivered some remarks this afternoon at the memorial service for the Dallas police officers who were killed less than one week ago. The president individually mourned all five officers and preached a message of unity and love.

Obama spoke on the great risks officers across the country take every day when they put on their uniforms, remarking that “cops don’t expect to hear the words ‘thank you’ very often,” even the ones who “need it the most.”

He said that in the wake of great tragedy, America must reject “despair” and division and come together to mourn both the Dallas officers and the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

The president did strongly criticize protesters who would “paint all police as biased and bigoted” or engage in rhetoric calling for violence against the police. He said that does “a disservice to the very cause of justice that they claim to promote.”

But Obama also implored people to understand where peaceful protesters, saying that “we cannot simply turn away and dismiss those in peaceful protests as troublemakers or paranoid.”

The president has come under intense scrutiny by conservatives in the past few days––conservatives blaming him for stirring up racial division and lending credibility to Black Lives Matter.

Watch above, via Fox 10 Phoenix.

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