Obama Honors Slain Police Officers as Nation Grapples with Inflamed Racial Divide

 U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service following the multiple police shootings in Dallas, Texas, July 12, 2016.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service following the multiple police shootings in Dallas, Texas, July 12, 2016.

{VOA NEWS ONLINE/WHITE HOUSE—A day after insisting the United States is not divided as some claim, President Barack Obama is bringing together law enforcement officials, civil rights leaders, activists and political leaders to discuss ways to restore trust in communities where there are tensions between police and the residents they are sworn to protect.

Wednesday’s meeting at the White House follows his remarks at a memorial service for five slain police officers in Dallas, where he said violence during the past week has exposed “the deepest fault line in our democracy.”

Last week’s attack on Dallas police by a black Army veteran who was angry over police killings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota intensified a national debate over racial bias in law enforcement. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.