Obama on Baltimore: There Are Corrupt Politicians And Police Not Doing The Right Thing

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Addressing the media Tuesday afternoon in a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Japan, President Obama said it's important for police unions to acknowledge the situation in Baltimore "is not good for police."

Obama said just like other occupations in the country, such as in politics and on Wall Street, there is corruption in the police force and "we have to own up to [that] fact."

"We have to own up to the fact that occasionally there's going to be problems here just as there are in every other occupation," the president said. "There's some bad politicians who are corrupt. There are folks in the business community or on Wall Street that don't do the right thing. Well, there are police who aren't doing the right thing."

President Obama also said he has dispatched the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights division to Baltimore and promised the Department of Justice will "work systematically with every city and jurisdiction around the country to try and help them implement some solutions that we know work."

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I think it's going to be important for organizations like the fraternal order of police and other police unions and organizations to acknowledge that this is not good for police. We have to own up to the fact that occasionally there's going to be problems here just as there are in every other occupation.

There's some bad politicians who are corrupt. There are folks in the business community or on Wall Street that don't do the right thing. Well, there are police who aren't doing the right thing. And rather than close ranks, what we've seen is a number of thoughtful police chiefs and commissioners and others recognize they've got to get their arms around this thing and work together with the community to solve the problem. And we're committed to facilitating that process.

So the heads of our cops agency that helps with community policing, they're already out in Baltimore. Our Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights division is out in Baltimore. We're going to work systematically with every city and jurisdiction around the country to try and help them implement some solutions that we know work.

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