Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Obama Wants Focus on Police, Civilian Victims of Gun Violence

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Obama Wants Focus on Police, Civilian Victims of Gun Violence

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama met Tuesday with families of slain police officers while in Chicago to try to persuade law enforcement officials to work more closely with communities they police. But he also met with the families of children who have died in Chicago's epidemic of violence as he attempts to focus attention on all victims - police and community alike.

While expressing sympathy, Obama also told the more than 14,000 police chiefs and others gathered that more could have been done for victims of violence.

"When I meet with these families, I can't honestly tell them that our country has done everything we could to keep this from happening again, from seeing another officer shot down, from seeing another innocent bystander suffer from a gunshot wound, Obama said.

Obama has met with victims' families before and has paid tribute in statements and speeches to fallen police officers several times during his presidency. But his meetings Tuesday with family members of both officers and civilians were designed to emphasize that the tragedies are not limited to either police or community members. …

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