Obama Defends #blacklivesmatter Movement to Police

Obama Defends #blacklivesmatter Movement to Police

Obama Defends #blacklivesmatter Movement to Police

While speaking to law enforcement officials on Thursday, President Obama defended the Black Lives Matter movement, saying it is addressing an issue that has been ignored for too long.

"There is a specific problem that is happening in the African-American community that is not happening in other communities, and that is a legitimate issue that we've got to address."

"The African-American community is not just making this up. It's not something that's just being politicized. It's real," Obama said. "We as a society, particularly given our history. have to take this seriously."

The President tried to balance the conflicts between the police and the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I think everybody understands all lives matter. Everybody wants strong, effective law enforcement. Everybody wants their kids to be safe when they're walking to school. Nobody wants to see police officers who are doing their job, fairly, hurt. Everybody understands it's a dangerous job," he said

Obama spoke on a White House panel by moderated by former New York Times editor Bill Keller. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and U.S. Attorney John Walsh of Colorado also appeared on the panel with the President.

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