Killing Of 5 Police Officers ‘Touched The Soul Of The Nation’- US Vice-President

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The killing of five police officers in Dallas has “touched the soul of the nation”, US Vice-President Joe Biden said, while calling for national unity.

Micah Johnson shot dead the officers during a protest rally on Thursday.

The march was against the killing of black men by police. Similar rallies drew thousands across many US cities on Friday.

Mr Biden said Americans had a duty to stand up against injustice, but that people also needed to support police. Continue….

Filling in for President Obama in his weekly radio address, Mr Biden referenced this week’s police killings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.

“When an assassin’s bullet targeted the police force in Dallas, it touched the soul of the nation,” he said.

“Those killed and wounded were protecting the safety of those who were peacefully protesting against racial injustices in the criminal justice system.

“Those who were marching against the kind of shocking images we saw in St Paul and Baton Rouge, and have seen too often elsewhere, of too many black lives lost.”

There was an onus, he said, “on all of us to stand up, to speak out about disparities in our criminal justice system, just as it’s on all of us to stand up for the police who protect us in our communities every day.”

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