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'We cannot let the actions of a few define all of us': Obama on Dallas shooting

Updated: Jul 10, 2016 11:13 IST

London, July 10 (ANI): Describing the sniper attacker in Dallas who killed five police officers as a "demented individual", US President Barack Obama has said that the nation would not let the action of a few define all individuals.

"We cannot let the actions of a few define all of us," The Guardian quoted Obama as saying while addressing the issue of sniper attack and its relationship to the broader movement against police violence.

Speaking from Warsaw, Obama said that the Dallas shooter did not represent black Americans.

This is the third time in many days that the US President has spoken on the police shootings in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis, which have reignited protests across the country.

Stating there is sorrow, anger and confusion, Obama said this is not who we want to be as Americans, and that serves as the basis for us being able to move forward in a constructive and positive way.

In a peaceful 'Black Lives Matter' march over the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, a 25-year-old gunman Micah Johnson attacked the Dallas officers in a planned manner from an elevated position.

Apart from killing five officers, Johnson injured another seven officers and two civilians.

Earlier on Friday, the police announced that before Johnson was killed, he had said he was "upset about Black Lives Matter" and had expressed a desire to kill white officers.

At a press conference during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit, Obama said that Americans of all races and all backgrounds are rightly outraged by the inexcusable attacks on police whether it's in Dallas or anyplace else.

"That includes protesters. It includes family members who have grave concerns about police conduct and they've said that this is unacceptable.. There's no division there," he added.

Obama said that he would visit Dallas "in a few days" to pay respects and mourn with the stricken Texas city.

He also confirmed that he planned to convene a White House meeting next week with police officers, community and civil rights activists and others to talk about the next steps.

"That's the spirit that we all need to embrace. That's the spirit that I want to build on," he said.

He also made it clear that he would continue to speak out about stringent gun laws in the US, steps which the Republican-controlled Congress has refused to go along with.

Obama asserted that the prevalence of guns in U.S. society was one factor behind the violence. (ANI)

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