US president Barack Obama waves after speaking to service members at the Naval Station Rota, in Rota, southwestern Spain on July 10, 2016. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO
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President Barack Obama visits Dallas Tuesday to address a memorial service for five police officers killed at a protest against police violence, as he seeks to mend divisions inflamed by the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement in almost 15 years.Obama has to twin sympathy over the Dallas attack and for law enforcement officers around the country with support for black Americans who say police are too quick to use violence against them.House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who has been a fierce critic of Obama's policies, joined the president on Air Force One on the flight to Dallas, the White House said.Obama told senior law enforcement officials on Monday that he sees the Dallas shooting as a hate crime, or one motivated by bias, said Jim Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, who was in the closed-door meeting at the White House.Obama will also meet with the families of the slain policemen and others who were wounded, the White House said.
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