President Obama hosts town hall meeting on race

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While President Obama has struck conciliatory tones in the days following the massacre in Dallas - straddling equal measures of empathy for police and the Black Lives Matter movement - Patrick has taken on a decidedly pro-police stance. These words rang hollow, in light of the epidemic of police shootings of black women and men over the past three years.

Videos of both shootings were widely publicised.

Continuing, Garner said, "I need all of you to know that this #ABC town hall that will air at 8pm is a sham". He noted "our entire way of life in America depends on the rule of law; that the maintenance of that law is a hard and daily labor; that in this country, we don't have soldiers in the streets or militias setting the rules".

The audience included police and protesters, and people from communities that have recently experienced violence and unrest.

President Obama emphasized real change can't be accomplished by speeches and town halls alone.

John Minster, a Republican student at DePaul University, asked Obama why he had commented on the "potential racial aspect" of high-profile police shootings before waiting for the cases to work their way through the legal system.

"At our best, we honor the image of God we see in one another", Bush said.

"Yo this town hall that presidential town hall #abc arranged is a farce". Some of the underlying problems were examined, but a discussion on solutions was lacking. His son, 15-year-old Cameron Sterling, bowed his head and when the clip ended, he pleaded with President Barack Obama, who sat less than 10 feet away.

He empathised with victims of police violence but also acknowledged that police face huge challenges - challenges they can't handle alone.

"We all carry around with us some assumptions about other people", Mr. Obama said. "It is going to require investments in those communities".

He talked about how, when he was a child growing up in Hawaii, a female neighbour once refused to go in a lift with him. But more than 140 people jammed into the theater for an ABC News event, The President and the People: A National Conversation, to hear Obama's thoughts on the recent tragedies in Minnesota, Texas and Louisiana that have sparked passionate dialogue on race and law enforcement. "In that sense, what is true for me is true for a lot of African-American men", he said.

The leaders will discuss a "range of issues", the White House said. Patrick stated that while police officers in his state know he has their backs, he can not now say the same of the president.

Also, he wraps his support for cops within his his political claim that attacks on police are caused by "institutional racism" within police forces.

"The phrase "Black Lives Matter" simply refers to the notion that there's a specific vulnerability for African Americans that needs to be addressed", Obama said.

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