U.S. President Barack Obama arrives aboard Air Force One at Torrejon Air Base in Madrid, Spain July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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President Barack Obama, seeking to soothe raw emotions after a former U.S. soldier killed five policemen in Dallas and high-profile police shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, has urged Americans not to view the United States as being riven into opposing groups.Authorities named former U.S. Army Reserve soldier Micah Johnson, a 25-year-old African-American, as the lone gunman in Thursday night's sniper attack in Dallas, which came at the end of a march by hundreds of demonstrators decrying the fatal police shootings of black men days earlier.Obama, the first black U.S. president whose term in office ends next January, said he hopes he has been able to get all Americans to understand the nation's difficult legacy of race.Obama said Americans cannot let the actions of a few define all. Seven other police officers and two civilians were wounded in Dallas.While Thursday's attack stunned Dallas into mourning, it did not stop demonstrations Saturday against killings by police, with protesters blocking major roads in various cities.Dallas Police Chief David Brown Friday said the gunman cited his anger over police killings during his protracted negotiations with police after the shootings.
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