After the Dallas shooting, President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton said that all should mourn the death of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, but that attitudes toward police should change along with systemic reform.
Clinton called for the “need to do more to respect and protect our police” in a statement aired on CNN Friday, pointing out that the Dallas officers were on “sacred duty” when they were killed.
"This is the kind of call to action, and as president, I would implement the very comprehensive set of proposals that I've been making for more than a year," she said to CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "We must do more to have national guidelines about the use of force by police, especially deadly force."
While "implicit bias” exists in police forces, Clinton suggested to “start understanding, putting ourselves in each others’ shoes again, and really coming together as Americans to end this kind of terrible violence.”
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Obama on Friday called the shooting "a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement” that served as a "wrenching reminder of the sacrifices" by policemen and added that “justice will be done.” He spoke in Poland, where he is attending a NATO meeting, and cut his trip to Spain short in light of the attack.
Hours before the Dallas shooting, Obama had delivered comments on the deaths of Sterling and Castile.
“When people say 'Black Lives Matter,' that doesn’t mean blue lives don’t matter,” Obama said Thursday. “It just means all lives matter, but right now the big concern is the fact that the data shows Black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents.”He also called the deaths “symptomatic” of the criminal justice system and denied that protests are a matter of political correctness.