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Cleveland Police Union Prez Says Obama Has 'Blood on His Hands' After Baton Rouge

Cleveland Police Union Prez Says Obama Has 'Blood on His Hands' After Baton Rouge
Police guard the emergency room entrance of Our Lady Of The Lake Medical Center, where wounded officers were brought, in Baton Rouge (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

On the even of the Republican convention in Cleveland, the president of Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association said President Barack Obama has “blood on his hands” that will not be able to be washed off following the latest attack on cops in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this morning.

An incensed Officer Steve Loomis said on Fox News that the ambushes on police officers in Dallas and now Baton Rouge “all began with a 9-1-1 call from an African American male saying that another African American male was pointing a gun at him.” He continued: “Those officers responded, that male didn’t comply, and tragically he ended up losing his life over that with a gun in his pocket. This is how this began.” Loomis added:

The president of the United States validated a false narrative and the nonsense that Black Lives Matter and the media are pressing out there to the public — validated with his very divisive statements. And now we see an escalation. This has got to end. We need some leadership in this country to come forward and put an end to this. I don’t care if it’s clergy, I don’t care who it is, but somebody has got to step up and put an end to this because it’s the false narrative and very influential people that are politicizing the false narrative. Absolutely insane that we have a president of the United States and a governor of Minnesota making the statements that they made less than one day after those police-involved shootings. And those police-involved shootings, make no mistake, are what absolutely has triggered this rash of senseless murders of law enforcement officers across this country. It is reprehensible. And the President of the United States has blood on his hands and it will not be able to come washed off.

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke similarly blamed the president after the July 7 Dallas police shootings, pointing out that Obama always speaks out against the police before an investigation has taken place. He said Obama’s “irresponsible rhetoric fuels this sort of thing.”

Five officers were gunned down in Dallas by a black militant who was angry about the recent police shootings. Micah Johnson, 25, was later killed by a police robot.  In Baton Rouge this morning, at least three officers were killed and three others injured. One suspect was shot dead in a gun battle with police. According to officials, two other suspects may also be at large.