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The officers — Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Patrick Zamarippa and DART officer Brent Thompson — were killed by a black sniper who said he was there to kill white police officers in response to two black men killed by officers early last week in Minnesota and Louisiana.
President Obama was a major speaker for the memorial. To read his remarks in a transcript, provided by White House, click HERE. To view his remarks made last week after the shooting, click Obama remarks on Dallas shootings.
Former President George W. Bush was also among the speakers. To read his remarks, as provided by legalinsurrectuion.com, click HERE.
Monday President Obama and Biden had met in Washington with eight representatives of law enforcement to hear their ideas on best practices for building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and ways to support officer training in safely deescalating confrontations and systems to ensure the safety and wellness of those who protect all of us. To view the White House statement on that event, click HERE.
Then on Wednesday, the President and several staff members met nearly four hours with a diverse group of 33 activists, civil rights, faith, law enforcement and elected leaders to discuss community policing and criminal justice. To view his statement on the results of that meeting, click HERE.
Then, on Thursday President Obama was featured in a town hall titled “The President and the People: A National Conversation” moderated by World News Tonight moderator David Muir. The town hall, held in Washington, D.C., was recorded Thursday afternoon and broadcast that night by Disney-owned stations, including ABC-TV. The President spoke with invited relatives of police shooting victims, parents, police officers and “Black Lives Matter” activists on the issues of race and policing. To read the ABC News summary of the event, click HERE.
Friday the President likely will be dealing with the tragic crisis on Bastille Day in Nice, France. To read his initial statement on that, click HERE.