Obama speaks at Dallas Police Memorial and Calls for Change

Obama spoke at a memorial this morning for the five Dallas Police Officers who were gunned down last week during a protest against police brutality. During his speech, Obama honored the fallen men and their fellow officers for their efforts in protecting the people in their community during the protest. According to CNN reports, Obama said of the police officers during the incident,”When the bullets started flying, the men and women of the Dallas police, they did not flinch, and they did not act recklessly.” He continued his speech by praising their hard work and commitment to serving the community everyday, which he calls “a commitment to something larger than themselves”. While honoring these brave men, Obama took the opportunity to address the people and ask for them to help with the changes that need to be made. He said, “I believe our sorrow can make us a better country. I believe our righteous anger can be transformed into more justice and more peace. Weeping may endure for a night but I’m convinced joy comes in the morning.” He believes the anger and sadness of these violent events can push us into becoming a better country. These sentiments must be used as fuel to effect change in the injustices of not only our own communities but our country. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s families, as well as the country, in the hopes of a more peaceful future.