President Barack Obama wrote a lengthy note on his Facebook account Thursday afternoon to express his thoughts on the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile that took place Wednesday.
“What’s clear is that these fatal shootings are not isolated incidents,” Obama wrote. “They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve.”
Obama shared that the U.S. Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation to look into the death of Sterling, and spoke of his Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which he set up in hopes that law enforcement and community activists can work together better. Obama then called for reflection and understanding from everyone commenting on the shootings.
“Rather than fall into a predictable pattern of division and political posturing, let’s reflect on what we can do better,” Obama wrote. “Let’s come together as a nation, and keep faith with one another, in order to ensure a future where all of our children know that their lives matter.”
Read Obama’s full post below.