(VOA NEWS) – U.S. President Barack Obama says the country is expecting too much from police, including answering society’s problems. He made the comments Thursday night at a town hall meeting in a Washington theater to discuss the recent spate of racial tensions and police violence that have become a defining mark of his presidency.
He was strongly confronted on issues of racial tensions and police violence several times during the meeting.
Obama has been a reluctant arbiter on race relations, but the country’s first African American president is being forced into the position after last week’s shootings of black men at point-blank range by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. Last week also saw the deadly ending in Dallas, Texas, of a peaceful demonstration protesting police violence when a black man with sniper precision killed five police officers and wounded several others.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, a Republican who has called Black Lives Matter protesters “hypocrites” after the Dallas shooting, called on the president to do more to support police, including lighting up the White House with blue lights, a reference to blue police uniforms. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT