Obama: Mistrust Of Police Corroding American Society

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 27: President Barack Obama speaks at the Phoenix Awards Dinner for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc. at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on September 27, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images) | Earl Gibson III via Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says. He blames the feeling of wariness on persistent racial disparities in the administration of justice.
Obama said these misgivings only serve to harm communities that are most in need of effective law enforcement.
“It makes folks who are victimized by crime and need strong policing reluctant to go to the police because they may not trust them,” he said Saturday night in an address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner.
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