America can end divisions, Obama says, as race protests simmer
President Barack Obama assured a shocked America Saturday that the black extremist who shot dead five cops in Dallas was a lone wolf — and that the country can overcome its racial divisions, as the groundswell of anger over police brutality surged on.
Thousands of protesters marched in US cities overnight to demand justice for two African-Americans whose fatal shooting by police triggered the rampage in Dallas by an army vet bent on killing white officers in revenge.
The nightmare scenes in Texas — where the ambush turned a peaceful protest to horror — left many fearing a new, dark chapter in America’s troubled race relations.
But as Dallas honored its slain officers, Obama sought to cut short that narrative — saying Americans of all backgrounds were united in grief both at the recent fatal shooting of African-Americans and the murders in Dallas.
“I firmly believe that America is not as divided as some have suggested,” Obama told a press conference at a NATO summit in Warsaw. “There is sorrow, there is anger, there is confusion… but there is unity.” Read More