Obama will meet Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as well as the opposition leaders. "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 in Madrid , as protests over police brutality continued around the country.
But, he added, "even rhetorically, if we paint police in broad brush without recognising 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 recognise that, then we're going to lose allies in the reform cause".
Her sister, Theresa Williams , said it all happened quickly as she was leaving the protest with her teenage boys, whom she brought to teach them about peaceful protesting. A woman injured while shielding her three sons from a sniper in Dallas says she was torn between elation at her sons' survival and the loss of a police officer.
Police found bomb-making materials and a weapons cache at Johnson's home and were scouring his journal and social media posts to understand what drove him to mass murder. He said its only significance to him was that it ruled out the possibility that there were other shooters. He said that Johnson planned to use those military-style tactics, which proved especially deadly: "We don't normally see this kind of moving and shooting from criminal suspects".
Authorities say Johnson killed five police officers and wounded seven others and two civilians during an attack at a protest over last week's killings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. "As tough, as hard, as depressing as the loss of life was this week, we've got a foundation to build on", Obama said in a press conference Saturday.
Clinton called for "ending the systemic racism that plagues our country" and an effort by all Americans to rebuild police-community relations damaged by this week's events. The gunman who shot the five police officers in Dallas was a "demented individual", Obama said, and he was not at all representative of African-Americans.