In the wake of shootings in recent years, President Obama has delivered passionate sermons on what needs to be done to fix the strained relationship between the police and minority communities.
She was just "worried about riding the elevator with me", Mr Obama said. A police officer accepts employment in an inherently risky business. It was the worst attack on USA law enforcement since 9/11.
Obama acknowledged Americans are unsettled by another mass shooting on their streets and are seeking answers to the violence that has sparked protests in cities and highlighted the nation's persistent racial divide. But Dallas, I'm here to say we must reject such despair.
Presidents get into trouble, though, when they try to please everyone.
Less than two weeks later, a grand jury in NY declined to bring charges against police in the death of Eric Garner. "I'll be happy to send it to you, in case you missed it", he said. We are all children of God, and all human life is precious. He said, "At times, it seems like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together". I am all about trying to see the good in humanity, but right now, in this moment, I would be lying if I said that I have hope that any of this will change anytime soon. "They defended us, even to the end".
He repeated that message when the grand jury in NY issued its Garner decision in December of 2014.
"The Apostle Paul said, 'For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of strength and love and self-control.' Those are the best responses to fear in the life of our country. But in some cases, that's a reality". "What will also be a part of the conversation today is, what can local political leaders do more of?" "These are facts", Obama said. The city was sponsoring a candlelight memorial vigil for fallen officers on Monday night and funerals begin Wednesday for the fallen officers. Policing was never meant to solve all those problems.
The 15-year-old, who a week ago had sobbed as his mother, Quinyetta McMillon, talked about Sterling's death, stood composed as he called for peace, saying he wanted protesters angry about his father's death to "protest in peace".
But Obama also said that data shows disparities in how African-Americans are treated by police.
"How do we as a nation, stop what is happening?" asked Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castle, who was shot by police in Minnesota.
The mother of the man who killed five police officers in Dallas recalled the last words her son told her before he left the house to attend the protest rally that preceded his deadly rampage.
"If we can not talk honestly and openly-not just in the comfort of our own circles, but with those who look different than us or bring a different perspective-then we will never break this unsafe cycle", the president said.