Obama says activists who attack police hurt Black Lives Matter cause

MADRID U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that attacks on police out of a concern about the fairness of the criminal justice system hurt the Black Lives Matter movement, after a sniper killed five police officers in Dallas on Thursday.

Obama told a news conference in Madrid that although the “overwhelming” amount of activists in the Black Lives Matter movement wanted to see better relations between communities and police, there were always people that say “stupid” things.

The sniper, Micah Johnson, a black U.S. military veteran of the Afghan war, said he wanted to “kill white people” following the fatal shootings of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.

(Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Writing by Angus Berwick; Editing by Maria Vega Paul)

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