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Create rift, decry rift, repeat: Obama gives a speech to police heroes urging to ‘heal the rifts’

President Obama wants to repair the rift between police and the communities.

Speaking at the 34th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Friday, Obama called police officers “heroes” and thanked them, and the families of the fallen.

Obama said the country cannot make the jobs of officers any less dangerous or “erase every darkness or danger from the duty” but we can help.

“We can offer you the support you need to be safer. We can make the communities that you care about and protect safer as well. We can make sure you have the resources you need to do your jobs,” he said.

He took yet another opportunity to talk about the rift he and his party keep reminding us about between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

“We can do everything we have to do to combat the poverty that plagues too many communities which you have to serve,” Obama said. “We can work harder as a nation to heal the rifts that still exist between law enforcement and the people you risk your lives to protect.

You know a good way to start?

By not sticking your nose in every local law enforcement incident that involves an African-American because you want to score political points.

The irony was not lost on the Twitterverse.

Carmine Sabia

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