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Friday, 8 July 2016

Obama calls Dallas killers

President Obama (pictured at the NATO summit in Poland) said the slaying of five police officers in Dallas was a 'vicious, calculated and despicable attack'
'This was a vicious, calculated and despicable attack': Obama calls Dallas killers 'twisted' and says there is never any justification for attacks on police
Obama said the federal government stood united with people of Dallas
He said we would learn more in the next few days about 'twisted' motives
Earlier this week said fatal shootings by police was an 'American issue'
Alton Sterling, 37, was shot dead by police outside a store in Louisiana
Philando Castile, 32, was shot during a routine traffic stop in Minnesota 
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump paid their respects to victims on TwitterPresident Barack Obama has described the killing of five police officers in Dallas as a 'vicious, calculated and despicable attack' and said there was never justification for violence against the 'men and women in blue'.

Two of the five police officers killed in the attack were identified as Brent Thompson, 43, and young father Patrick Zamarripa. 

President Obama, who is in Warsaw, Poland, for a NATO summit, said the Federal Government stood united with the people of Dallas and with police officers across the country who 'feel this loss to their core'.

Yesterday he pleaded with police to treat people equally after the fatal police shootings of two black men in recent days.


But today he said: 'There is no possible justification for this or any violence against law enforcement officers'.

He promised 'anyone involved in these senseless murders will be held accountable and justice will be done'.

Obama said he was 'horrified' by the events in Dallas overnight and asked people to pray for the fallen officers and for the recovery of those who were injured.

He said: 'They were doing their jobs keeping people safe during a lawful protest. They were targeted and nearly a dozen were shot, with five killed.'

Obama said: 'We stand united with the people of Dallas and with the police department.'

He said he had spoken with the Mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, and understood there were 'multiple suspects'.

Obama said: 'We will learn more in the next few days about their twisted motivations.'
Dallas police chief David Brown today said they would leave 'no stone unturned' until they find the suspects

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The two police officers who were killed in the attack were identified as Brent Thompson (right), 43, and young father Patrick Zamarripa (left)