‘I’ve Seen This Movie Too Many Times Before‘– President Obama
On Wednesday President Barack Obama spoke with Steve Harvey about the recent uprising in Baltimore in the wake of 25-year-old Freddie Gray’s death.
“Unfortunately we’ve seen these police-related killings or deaths too often now, and obviously everybody is starting to recognize that this is not just an isolated incident in Ferguson or New York, but we’ve got some broader issues,” Obama told host Steve Harvey on the radio show.
“The kind of violence that we saw from a handful of individuals in Baltimore – there’s no excuse for that,” he said. “That’s just criminal behavior. It’s counter-productive because it hurts the very communities that are already suffering a tragedy with Freddie Gray’s death.”
He added: “My hope is that people heed the call of Freddie Gray’s family.”
Obama went on to say that it’s important for all communities, not just Baltimore, to address these problems in a serious way. “This is not just a job for the Justice Department; it’s a job for all of us as a society.”
Police officers “have got to build more trust. It’s in their interest to root out people who aren’t doing their job … instead of the closing of the ranks we see,” Obama said.
“We put them into communities … where young people think it’s much more likely they’re going to prison than going to college … You’ve got communities that have been disinvested for years. If you send police officers into those situations, where the drug trade is the primary economy and you say your job is to basically contain that … then it’s not surprising that you end up with a situation of enormous tension between those communities and those police officers.
“We’re not going to change this overnight,” Obama concluded. “It requires focus.”
Clutchettes, what do you think about the president’s comments?
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