Time: 10:21 p.m. CEST Update: July 8, 7:28 a.m. CEST
After arriving in Warsaw, Poland, where the President Barack Obama will take part in the NATO Summit, Obama held a news conference in which he again addressed the most recent tragic shootings in America. The president said many of the American citizens feel the color of their skin they are not being treated the same.
“That hurts, that should trouble all of us. This is not just a black issue. Not just hispanic issue. This is an American issue that we should care about. All fair-minded people should be concerned,” Obama stated in Warsaw.
As many times Obama addressed the similar tragedies, he talked about the need to rebuild the trust between the communities and police departments that serve them. “That would make life easier for police officers, it would have more cooperation, they would be safer,” Obama pointed out.
The president talked that to be concerned about this issues, “It is not to be against law enforcement.”
President Barack Obama reacted with the written statement he posted on Facebook after the fatal shooting in Minnesota condemning the shootings and making clear that, “These fatal shootings are not isolated incidents.”
“They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that seem across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve.”
Obama said, although he is constrained “in commenting on the particular facts of these cases, I am encouraged that the U.S. Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation in Baton Rouge, and I have full confidence in their professionalism and their ability to conduct a thoughtful, thorough, and fair inquiry.”
Obama says, “To admit we have a serious problem in no way contradicts our respect and appreciation for the majority of police officers who put their lives on the line to protect us every single day.
The killing of Philando Castile, 32, is the second fatal encounter between police and a black man to gain national attention this week, the National Public Radio reported.
The fatal shooting of a black man in his car by a Minnesota police officer revealed the shooting happened late Wednesday during the traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights, the Associated Press reports. The video of the shooting went viral on Thursday after the victim’s girlfriend uploaded in real-time on Facebook.
In the video, the woman says being pulled over for a “busted tail light” and says, “her boyfriend had told the officer he was carrying a gun for which he was licensed,” and that “he was shot as he reached for his wallet.” “The video appeared to be genuine, but The Associated Press could not immediately verify it with family members, and authorities did not confirm its authenticity,” the AP says.
The relatives, who gathered at the scene and outside the hospital where the person died, identified him as Philando Castile of St. Paul, the AP Says. Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor at a Montessori school. Castile’s girlfriend said Thursday, “he was killed even though he complied with the officer’s instructions.”
This was the second fatal shooting this week, after officers killed a 37-year-old man in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The death of Alton Sterling was recorded on the video. Justice Department “launched a civil rights investigation into Sterling’s shooting, which took place after he scuffled with two white police officers outside a convenience store.”