In keeping with its belief that law enforcement officers are eager to shoot young, unarmed black men, the liberal media will more than likely stay away from any facts that suggest otherwise.
At least one of those facts, however, is significant as we address the increased tensions that led to Thursday’s sniper shooting in Dallas.
The Dallas Police Department adopted several procedures recommended by an Obama administration task force in an attempt to reduce tensions with minority communities.
These procedures included working to build trust in black communities and de-escalation techniques. On Thursday, in his comments on the police shootings last week in Minnesota and Louisiana, President Barack Obama even made a point of applauding jurisdictions that had implemented its recommendations.
And yet, hours later, the sniper attack still happened.
On Friday, Jerry Abramson, director of intergovernmental affairs at the White House, posted on Twitter that the Dallas department is “a role model for community policing.”
The fact that the Dallas Police Department adopted measures recommended by Obama’s task force and still witnessed such an event shows that something else is going on – something deeper that demands far greater attention.
However, Obama doesn’t give it the attention it deserves, but instead chooses to make racially charge statements about police and how vulnerable black people are.
“The president was quite direct today, and not for the first time, there is never justification for inciting violence,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday.
Just Thursday morning, commenting on the police shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, Obama said, “When incidents like this occur, there’s a big chunk of our fellow citizenry that feels as if because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same.”
The Dallas Police Department followed measures recommended by Obama to help citizens feel safer, and yet it lost five of their own because the problem is not just with the police.
Our communities are hurting and we need a leader that will address the concerns of our citizens – even those in uniform without encouraged hatred.