President Obama’s remarks on Dallas shooting

President Barack Obama spoke from Warsaw after five police officers were shot to death in Dallas, Texas. Here are his remarks:

“My team has been keeping me updated throughout the morning of the evening in Dallas. I spoke this morning with Mayor Rawlings of Dallas to convey the deepest condolences of the American people.”

“The federal government will provide whatever assistance Dallas may need as it deals with this tremendous tragedy,” he said.

“We still don’t know all the facts. What we do know is that there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement. Police in Dallas were on duty doing their jobs keeping people safe during peaceful protests... we are praying for their recovery.”


“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.”

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More broadly, on the police, he said “today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices they make for us.”

“According to police, there are multiple suspects. We will learn more undoubtedly about their twisted motivations. Let’s be clear. There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement.”

“Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done.”

On guns, he said “we also 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. In the meantime, today, our focus is on the victims and their families.”