Early Friday, President Obama issued a statement on the massacre of police officers in Dallas, calling the shootings “a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement." The targeted assassinations have left five police officers dead and 11 others wounded. The police officers were tasked with protecting anti-police protesters when they were shot dead by snipers sitting on rooftops nearby.
Speaking at a NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, Obama condemned the shootings with a tone of moral outrage usually reserved for left-wing social justice causes. “There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement," Obama stated. "Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done."
Hours after rebuking American law enforcement as essentially indifferent to the grievances of minority communities in the wake of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the president offered condolences to the families of Dallas' assassinated police officers. The “focus is on the victims and their families," Obama asserted before highlighting the hot button issue of gun accessibility. “We also know when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately, it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic,” he added.
Although the president said he’s been receiving regular updates from federal agents, he refrained from detailing the shooters' specific motives, suggesting instead that he would comment further on the shooters' “twisted motivations” upon the emergence of more information.
Lamenting the “senseless” loss of life, Obama appeared to uncharacteristically sympathize with the plight of police officers. “Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices they make for us,” he noted.
However, Obama’s remarks were somewhat out of sync with statements he made earlier this week about the seemingly racist criminal justice system.
As The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro reported, Obama appeared to symbolically indict US law enforcement carte blanche after he caught wind of the Alton Sterling incident. Adding fuel to the the latest round of nascent anti-police sentiments, Obama prematurely labeled the shooting as inherently racist without evidence.
While Sterling’s death may have been race-related, the president’s broad-brushed indictment of law enforcement exacerbated an already tense situation. The shooting of Sterling is “symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve,” Obama stated, unaware of or perhaps even apathetic to the innumerable ways his words may be construed to justify verbal haranguing or worse, retaliatory attacks against police officers.
Of course, racial tensions have been building for years and the latest attacks against law enforcement are likely symptomatic (to borrow a phrase from Obama) of a growing cultural divide between civilians and those tasked with their protection. After seven years of near-hostility to the men and women in blue, now may be good time for the White House to roll back some of its vitriol.