“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” — Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
By Gregory Korte/USA Today
WARSAW – President Obama strove to convey a message of solace and unity in the wake of an extraordinary week that rubbed raw issues of police safety and racial bias in policing, saying he believes Americans will come together to find common ground.
“As painful as the week has been, I fully believe that America is not as divided as people have suggested,” he said. People of all races and backgrounds are outraged by the killing of police officers in Dallas – even those protesting the police, he said. And the same people are angered by the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Sterling, 37, of Baton Rouge, La., and Castile, 32, of St. Paul, Minn., are both African-American men killed by police in incidents captured on video last week. Their deaths sparked nationwide protests that boiled over just as Obama left Thursday (July 7) for what was supposed to be a four-day trip to Europe. After five Dallas police officers were killed Thursday night, Obama cut short his trip and will instead return home Sunday after a one-day visit to Spain.