On July 12 President Obama attended the memorial service for the police officers killed last week in Dallas at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Tx.The interfaith service had several political figures in attendance, like Michelle Obama, vice president Joe Biden and Jill Biden, former president George W. Bush and Laura Bush.
Local politicians, former president Bush, and local faith leaders took the podium one right after another giving words of hope and perseverance. The president spoke about each fallen officer individually, telling a bit about each of their lives and the last time they saw their families before being shot and killed.
The president called the shooting of the Dallas officers an act of “demented violence” and “racial hatred.” He went on to say that he understands that “Americans are struggling” to cope with all of the violence that has happened in the last week, making reference to the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the targeting of police officers. He adding that America is “not as divided as we seem.”
The president also addressed racism within the criminal justice system, and said that those who fight for racial justice in the U.S. should not be dismissed as “trouble makers or paranoid.” Watch the full speech above.