Obama: Intentional Killings of Police Officers "Significantly Lower" Than It Was Under Reagan

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At a joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto Friday morning, President Obama touted that even with the recent assassinations of police officers, "the rate of intentional killings of police officers is also significantly lower than it was when Ronald Reagan was president."

Obama talked about the "tragedy" of police-related killings of civilians and then addressed the "insanity" and "viciousness" of people targeting the police.

"Although it is true that we've seen an uptick in murders and violent crime in some cities this year, the fact of the matter is that the murder rate today, the violence rate today is far lower than it was when Ronald Reagan was president. And lower than when I took office," Obama touted.

"We've just gone through a tragic period where we saw both, you know, tragedy in Minnesota and Baton Rouge and then the insanity and the viciousness of people targeting police officers. And we are all heartbroken by that and we're all troubled by how we can rebuild trust, support law enforcement and make sure the communities feel that they are being fairly policed. But the fact is that the rate of intentional killings of police officers is also significantly lower than it was when Ronald Reagan was president. Now those are facts. That's the data.

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