President Barack Obama called the shooting in Dallas that left 5 officers dead a 'vicious, calculated and despicable attack'

By Dave Quinn
Updated July 08, 2016 07:45 AM
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President Barack Obama gave a somber statement about the sniper shooting at the Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas Thursday night, which left five police officers dead and six others wounded in what is now the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2011.

“I believe I speak for every single American when I say we are horrified over these events, and we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas,” the president said Friday, speaking from the NATO summit in Poland.

Obama went on to call the shooting a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement,” adding that it is a “a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices [police] make for us.”

“We are praying for their recovery,” he said.

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Obama, 54, also promised justice for the officers.

“Police in Dallas were on duty doing their jobs keeping people safe during peaceful protests,” he said. “Let’s be clear: There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement.

“According to police, there are multiple suspects. We will learn more undoubtedly about their twisted motivations. Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done,” he continued.

Obama, who made his remarks after meeting with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk, said he had been in touch with Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings to “convey the deepest condolences of the American people.”

He also took the time to speak out against gun control:

“We know when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately, it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic. In the days ahead, we will have to consider those realities as well.”

With reporting by SANDRA SOBIERAJ WESTFALL