Patrick to attend town hall with Obama

Choosing his words carefully, Obama said it's key for police officers to get to know the community they're protecting.

"You said the tension between the police and between black America is only going to get worse", Patrick said, adding "Words matter".

"Just to hear a lot of [African-Americans] say they hated the police and how they didn't want to deal with us and didn't trust us, to now hear them say, 'You made us want to trust you guys again".

And Patrick criticized Obama for saying that tensions between police and minority communities will continue, for failing illuminate up the White House in blue lights in honor of police, and for "being too quick to condemn the police without due process and until the facts are known".

"We're not at a point yet where communities of color feel confident that their police departments are serving them with dignity, respect and equality and we're not at the point yet where police departments feel adequately supported at all levels", Obama said.

Patrick drew national attention after the shooting for a TV interview in which he labeled demonstrators in Dallas "hypocrites" for seeking protection from the same police they were protesting. Obama said that he'd met Shetamia Taylor and her husband, Jermar's parents, immediately after meeting with the families of the five police officers who died in Dallas. "Being on both sides of the coin - as being a police officer and also as being an African-American mother - it was fantastic".

Cunningham said the Dallas Police Department exemplified that commitment to their community when officers used themselves as human shields to protect bystanders from possibly being shot.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is expected to participate in Thursday's town hall discussion, according to a press release from his office.

Speaking in Washington, D.C., at a national town hall on police violence entitled "The President and the People: A National Conversation" hosted by ABC News Thursday, Patrick told the president he should condemn all protestors who use violent rhetoric against law enforcement. Your words matter much more than mine.

"We're not even close to being there yet, where we want to be", Mr Obama said.

The lieutenant governor jumped in to say, "I know you have".

"At a time when our country, when we are talking past each other, the president's convening allowed us to hear one another", said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

President Barack Obama, reaching back to his community organizer roots, held an "honest dialogue" about race at the White House that included police officers, Black Lives Matter activists, and elected officials and was broadcast on ABC television.

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