US President Barack Obama (C)
speaks during a conversation on community policing and criminal justice
July 13, 2016 at Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC.
called for additional measures to build trust that proper
investigations are launched into the police killings of African
Americans and Hispanics.
Obama made the remarks on
Wednesday following a three-hour meeting with community activists,
politicians and law enforcement officials in Washington, DC.
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.
also admitted that the US is far from where it needs to be in terms of
resolving issues between police and the communities they serve.
been apparent is that it’s not enough just for us to have a task force,
a report and then follow up through our departments,” he said.
president offered a series of steps that could help to improve
relations between police and black communities, including updating
police training practices and improving data collection.
meeting comes in the wake of the fatal police shootings of 2 black men
in the states of Louisiana and Minnesota and the subsequent killing of
five police officers in Dallas, Texas.
officers launch smoke bombs and tear gas to clear out anti-police
brutality protesters who shut down highway I-94 on July 9, 2016 in St.
Paul, Minnesota. (AFP photo)The killings
renewed racial tensions that have flared repeatedly across the US since
the 2014 police killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Missouri.
in the United States killed over 1,150 people in 2015, with the largest
police departments disproportionately killing at least 321 African
Americans, according to data compiled by an activist group that runs the
Mapping Police Violence project.