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National police leader on Obama’s history of not backing cops: ‘No one is sorry to see this guy go’

With less than a week remaining in President Barack Obama’s final term in office, a prominent national voice for police officers says this coming Friday — President-elect Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day — can’t come soon enough.

Amid the spike in deadly violence against police during Obama’s presidency, Johnson said Obama’s public statements merely have given “lip service” to the notion that such behavior is wrong. But coupled with such rhetoric has been Obama’s consistent support — often in the next sentence — for groups inclined to blame police for incidents involving minorities, which likely has kept the door open for more violence against officers.

The disturbing result, Johnson told The Blaze, has been a steep drop in morale among police and a marked decrease in officers’ willingness to engage communities for fear of being unjustly accused. In other words, “Don’t get involved, smile, wave, drive by,” Johnson said.

He knows what he’s doing. He’s aware who his audience is,” Johnson added regarding Obama. “In terms of violence against police, his audience was not police or survivors, his audience was leaders of Black Lives Matter, protesters and agitators. … He sent a clear message: ‘I’m on your side.’”

Johnson said Obama’s statements even after a decidedly less-violent incident — the highly publicized 2009 arrest of black Harvard professor and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his Cambridge, Massachusetts, home — were divisive and sealed the notion in many minds that the president isn’t particularly supportive of law enforcement.

“I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that,” Obama famously said following Gates’ arrest, the Washington Post reported. “But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home, and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”

Johnson told Trumplico that after his statement, he was summoned to the White House along with other officials to discuss the escalating tension between police and minorities around the country. Johnson said he “kind of got chewed out” by Obama in the Roosevelt Room, adding that the president told him, “I’m not responsible for the war on cops.” Johnson said Obama asked him what he could do differently, and the NAPO leader referred to Obama’s and Holder’s stance even after Wilson was cleared in the Michael Brown shooting along with the administration’s reluctance to criticize Black Lives Matter for the violence it invites against police.
The very next day Obama spoke during a memorial service for the slain Dallas officers and proceeded to add to law enforcement’s pain, Johnson said.
After honoring the fallen officers, Obama didn’t leave well enough alone. In his very next set of remarks, he launched into an impassioned, lengthy talk about the pain of black Americans and other people of color who believe police are out to get them — all in front of loved ones and colleagues grieving the five police officers.
“And while some suffer far more under racism’s burden, some feel to a far greater extent discrimination’s sting. Although most of us do our best to guard against it and teach our children better, none of us is entirely innocent,” Obama said. “No institution is entirely immune. And that includes our police departments. We know this.”

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