Law enforcement officials, Black Lives Matter activists, and civil rights leaders met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House to hear each other's take on law enforcement tactics within minority communities, and what improvement can be made. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama met with activists, lawmakers and law enforcement leaders on Wednesday at the White House for a dialogue on what can be done to promote trust between police departments across the United States and minority communities who feel marginalized. The meeting on Wednesday focused on how to bridge the divide between police officers and the black and Hispanic communities after a series of high-profile police killings of black men in the past two years sparked angry protests throughout the country. Among those attending were civil rights activist Al Sharpton. "This is not a time to have an 'amen' choir in rehearsal. This is a time we need to talk frankly to each other," Sharpton said. Terrence Cunningham, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police said said the meeting wasn't just about statistics, it was about emotions, and that he heard that and acknowledged it. Prominent Black Lives Matter activists also took part in the conversation, among them DeRay Mckesson, who said "this meeting is unlike any meeting I've been to." He said this was the first meeting he'd been in that brought together so many high-ranking officials together to discuss issues of race-relations and police conduct. Obama has called for the country to come together and not give in to despair and division after the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas and the police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. He laid out a series of steps that could help to improve relations between law enforcement and communities, including improving data collection and updating police training practices.