Obama Warns Black Lives Matter: You Hurt the Cause with Anti-Cop Rhetoric

Barack Obama warns that the Black Lives Matter movement could be hurt by too many attacks on police officers, days after a man reportedly motivated by such messages killed five officers in Dallas, Texas.

From the Huffington Post:

President Barack Obama condemned violence against police Sunday and even said excessively nasty rhetoric against police can hurt the cause of criminal justice reform.

“Whenever those of us who are concerned about fairness in the criminal justice system attack police officers, you are doing a disservice to the cause,” Obama said during a press conference in Spain on his way home from a NATO summit in Poland.

“But even rhetorically,” Obama continued, “if we paint police in broad brush without recognizing that the vast majority of police officers are doing a really good job and are trying to protect people and do so fairly and without racial bias, if the rhetoric does not recognize that, then we’re going to lose allies in the reform cause.”

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