Obama Weighs in on Minnesota: ‘Reimagine Policing’
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Former President Barack Obama said the country need to “reimagine” how policing works following the death of Daunte Wright, who was fatally shot Sunday by a police officer outside Minneapolis.
“The fact that this could happen even as the city of Minneapolis is going through the trial of Derek Chauvin and reliving the heart-wrenching murder of George Floyd indicates not just how important it is to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but also just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country,” Obama said in a statement.
“Michelle and I grieve alongside the Wright family for their loss,” he continued. “We empathize with the pain that Black mothers, fathers, and children are feeling after yet another senseless tragedy. And we will continue to work with all fair-minded Americans to confront historical inequities and bring about nationwide changes that are so long overdue.”
Obama encouraged people to “help” by visiting his website and “reimagining policing” to “combat police violence and systemic racism within law enforcement.”
Reacting to his statement, nationally syndicated radio host Todd Starnes called Obama a “professional race agitator” Tuesday, adding he “divides people.”
Starnes tweeted: “Obama never offered condolences or issued a public statement about the death of New Mexico State Police Officer Darian Jarrott.”
Jarrott was fatally shot while making a traffic stop by 39-year-old Omar Felix Cueva in February.
“Why didn’t President Obama offer his condolences to Officer Jarrott? Was it because he was a police officer or because he was white?” the Todd Starnes Radio Show host asked.
Obama’s comments come as some on the Left are calling for radical changes in law enforcement.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) called for police departments to be disbandedd, shut down, claiming they are “inherently & intentionally racist.”
“No more policing, incarceration, and militarization,” she said. “It can’t be reformed.”