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Obama: America ‘Not Even Close’ to Heal People-Police Divide

The meeting was called in response to harrowing events last week that have many Americans anxious and upset

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  • The president said he wanted to bring people into the room with different perspectives to listen to each other
  • After the White House meeting, the president said the good news is that progress has been made in many police departments across the country
  • The conversation on race took place on the same day funerals were held in Dallas for three of the five police officers killed last week

WHITE HOUSE– After a meeting at White House with leaders in law enforcement and prominent members of the black community, President Barack Obama said that America is still nowhere close to healing the decades-long build-up of mistrust between the two sides.

“We’re not there yet, we’re not even close to being where we want to be,” Obama said. “We’re not at a point yet where communities of colour feel confident that their police departments are serving them with dignity and respect and equality and we’re not there yet where police departments feel adequately supported at all levels.”

Obama meets prominent members of the black community. Image Source: time.com
Obama meets prominent members of the black community. Image Source: time.com

A large and diverse group participated in the exchange of ideas, including Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, NAACP President Cornell Brooks, other elected officials, police chiefs from several major cities, activists representing the Black Lives Matter movement, and several faith leaders.

The president said he wanted to bring people into the room with different perspectives to listen to each other.

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The meeting was called in response to harrowing events last week that have many Americans anxious and upset. Two black men were shot by white police officers at point-blank range in the states of Louisiana and Minnesota; five white police officers were then shot at a rally in Texas protesting against those shootings, by a black gunman who said he wanted to kill white people.

After the White House meeting, which went on much longer than planned, the president said the good news is that progress has been made in many police departments across the country. He said Wednesday’s conversation would build off his administration’s “Task Force on 21st Century Policing,” and would share solutions from communities that have already found ways to build trust and reduce racial disparities.

Dallas Shootings. Image Source: indianexpress.com/
Dallas Shootings. Image Source: indianexpress.com/

But he added this sober assessment: “There is no doubt police departments still feel embattled and unjustly accused. There is no doubt that minority communities – communities of colour – feel it just takes too long to do what’s right. The pace of change is going to feel too fast for some, too slow for others.”

Because this is a big country, he added:  “I think it is fair to say we will see more tension between police and communities this month, next month, next year, for quite some time.”

The president said progress on preventing shootings like last week’s incidents will not happen overnight because the roots date back not just decades, but centuries. He said “what we can do” is to set up a series of respectful conversations to make sure we hold ourselves accountable for getting better.

“As a country,” Obama said, “we have to sit down as a country and just grind it out.”

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. Image Source: www.dailynews.com
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. Image Source: www.dailynews.com

The meeting did, though, produce a list of priorities that Obama said everyone at the table agreed on, which included working with police departments to improve training and de-escalation techniques and creating a “system of accountability” that would grant citizens greater access to data on law enforcement actions.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the conversation on race was extremely urgent, and that although not everyone agreed on everything, the activists, police officers and elected officials present were able to re-establish a sense of common humanity.

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Several participants spoke of a breakthrough moment, saying every single person had a chance to speak, and people felt like they were truly being heard by those normally on the opposite side of the divisive issue of race and law enforcement. Mayor Garcetti said a breakthrough moment for him was when one of the Black Lives Matter activists turned to a police officer and told him he was sorry for the loss of five police officers shot in Dallas last week by a sniper.

John Cornyn. Image Source: politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com
John Cornyn. Image Source: politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com

The conversation on race took place on the same day funerals were held in Dallas for three of the five police officers killed last week. In the U.S. Senate, Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas introduced legislation that would make it a federal crime to kill a police officer. In a statement, Cornyn said:  “As our country continues to grieve following last week’s tragedy in Dallas. We must come together in support of those who risk everything to keep us safe.” (VOA)

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Corrupt Politics, Doctor Ed. Picardi Speaks Up, Louder Than Before

He became an attractive target by the “powerful politicians.”

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Never Shy South Dakota resident Doctor Ed. Picardi speaks up. In fact, he’s as loud as ever.

Dr. Picardi was stripped of his license back in 2013 because he was ruffling feathers in Washington over the Hillary Care and ObamaCare disaster.

His was a lone voice in the wilderness as nobody was really prepared to go against the machinery of both administrations. The Clintons and Obama were at the zenith of their popularity when Dr. Picardi decided to take them on.

“I did what nobody in Washington did,” he recounts. “I actually read the entire HillaryCare bill, all 1368 pages. I did the same with ObamaCare.”

After reading through both laws, he quickly realized that they would perpetuate the wrong practices in the healthcare system and end up alienating those who really need medical help.

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“Abortion and decreased care for the elderly would result in an enormous number of unnecessary and preventable deaths,” he explains. “I believed it was my Hippocratic Oath and my Christian beliefs which necessitated me to bring out the truth about what was actually written in these bills.”

The drawback was that he became an attractive target by the “powerful politicians.” That got him a rude introduction into the pervasive corruption in government. In fact, a son of the senator filed trumped up charges against him.

He lost his license for three years before he was reinstated by the Nebraska Medical Board in 2016. That kind of trauma would have been enough to silence anybody.

But Dr. Picardi is not just anybody.

Finding strength in his faith in God and the support of his wife, Sandy, a cancer survivor, Dr. Picardi is at it again.

He says that President Donald Trump has a chance to make sweeping changes in the healthcare system of the country because he is an outsider.

“There are way too many career, life-long politicians in office who are willing to make decisions which help themselves to the detriment of this country,” he says.

Dr. Picardi particularly called out the weaponization of the country’s legal system and the IRS in the effort to silence dissent.

 

One classic example is that of David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, who exposed the damning practice of selling aborted baby organs and body parts to medical schools to be studied.

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Instead of being celebrated, he was charged with the purchase of human organs and tampering with public documents. His experience parallels that of Dr. Picardi whose only “mistake” was that he called out HillaryCare and ObamaCare as the wrong solutions to the country’s healthcare problem.

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“The weaponization of the judicial system and IRS, which even President Trump is now dealing with, is finally coming into the public view,” Dr. Picardi.