This afternoon, President Barack Obama delivered remarks at an interfaith memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with the families of the fallen police officers and members of the Dallas community.
The president praised police forces across the United States, noting that society “depends on the rule of law” and that “the maintenance of that law is a hard and daily labor.”
“We know that bias remains,” Obama said in remarks following his predecessor George W. Bush’s. “We have all seen this bigotry in our own lives at some point.” He called upon police forces to follow the lead of Dallas in “doing it the right way” by reducing the use of excessive force and seeing an overall decline in the murder rate. “None of of us are entirely innocent,” he said of racial bias. “No institution is entirely immune. And that includes our police departments.”
The president also made frequent mention of his role as “consoler-in-chief.”