Time: 12:01 a.m. CEST
President Barack Obama praised the lives of five fallen police officers from the Dallas Police Department at Interfaith memorial service in Dallas on Tuesday, telling that our sorrow can make us a better country. “I believe our righteous anger can be transformed into more justice and more peace,” Obama said in the speech he delivered toward the end of the memorial ceremony in Dallas.
Senior Corporal Lorne Bradley Ahrens, Sergeant Michael Joseph Smith, police officers Michael Krol, police officer Patricio E. Zamarripa, and police officer Kevin Paul Marceau died after a lone gunman Micah Xavier Johnson opened gunfire toward police during the protests of Black Lives Matter in the days after the deaths of two African-Americans involving police officers.
President Obama talked on each of the fallen officers, but also praised those who grasped with the difficult situation, especially notified the work of the Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown. “In the aftermath of the shooting we have seen Mayor Rawlings and Chief Brown, a white man and a black man, whit different backgrounds, working not just to restore order and support shaken city, as shaken department, but working together to unify the city, with strength and grace, and wisdom. “
With the voice of his tone, Obama linked the grieving nation in what he saw in the audience as possible. “Today in this audience I have seen people that have protested on behalf the criminal justice reform, grieving for these police officers. I see people mourn for the five officers we lost, but also weep for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile,” Obama said.
The shootings in Dallas happened on July 7, soon after the growing racial tensions after the death of two African-Americans earlier in the last week. With the subtle approach to the racial issues, Obama stressed, “Race relations have improved dramatically in my lifetime,” and “those who are denying are dishonoring the struggles that help us achieve that progress, but we know, America, we know, the bias remains.” But, Obama also defends the right of the peaceful protests. “We cannot simply turn away and dismiss those in peaceful protest as troublemakers, or paranoid,” Obama said.
During the memorial service, the Vice President Josef Biden said that, “These broken-hearted families will only be redeemed by the courage of our actions. This violence has to stop, and we have to stop it,” Biden said. Former president George W. Bush who also attended to the memorial service in Dallas talked on the importance of the police officers for all citizens.
“Today the nation grieves, but those of us who love Dallas and call it home, have five deaths in the family. Laura and I see members of law-enforcement every day and count them as friends. And we know, like every other American that their courage is our protection and shield,” Bush said.