After a White House meeting on law enforcement with senior police officials and Black Lives Matters activists, U.S. President Barack Obama says more must be done to build trust that police violence against blacks and Hispanics will be properly investigated. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama on Wednesday (July 13) said more must be done to build trust that police violence against blacks and Hispanics will be properly investigated. "We're going to have to do more work together in thinking about how we can build confidence that after police officers have used force, particularly deadly force, that there is confidence in how the investigation takes place and that justice is done," Obama said after a meeting with activists, lawmakers and law enforcement leaders. Obama said there might be a need to develop a set of practices to ensure that investigations are carried out effectively and fairly for all parties involved. The meeting on Wednesday focused on how to bridge the divide between police officers and the black and Hispanic communities after a series of high-profile police killings of black men in the past two years sparked angry protests throughout the country. Obama said the problems addressed in the meeting were deep-seated and would not be solved quickly. "The roots of the problems we saw this week date back, not just decades, date back centuries," Obama said. Obama has called for the country to come together and not give in to despair and division after the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas and the police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. He laid out a series of steps that could help to improve relations between law enforcement and communities, including improving data collection and updating police training practices. Attendees at the meeting included Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, the president of the National Association of Police Organizations, Michael McHale, and leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement.