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Introduction: The President and the People: A National Conversation (02:49)


See media footage and hear opinions on recent events involving police officers and African Americans. Muir introduces a town hall with President Obama about guns, race, and recent police involved shootings around the country.

Sterling Hopes for Protection (02:07)

Muir welcomes President Obama and offers a guideline for the night's conversation. Cameron, son of shooting victim Alton Sterling, wants Obama to unite all races and protect citizens from bad people and bad cops.

Legacy of Race (04:04)

President Obama addresses his comments to those who have been affected by police violence. He spent time in Dallas with the families of murdered police officers. Improving relations between communities and police will take time.

Increasing Police Training Budgets (05:04)

Is the police violence being captured on cell phones showing a culture that has existed all along? Philando Castile's fiancé addresses President Obama. Police officers need to be trained to avoid operating under the implicit bias that black men are dangerous.

Blaming Police Officers (01:48)

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick believes leadership in this country does not support police officers. He says Dallas protesters were hypocrites for expecting police protection. He wants Obama to hold his judgments and light the White House in blue.

Importance of Due Process (06:00)

President Obama reiterates to Lt. Gov. Patrick that he condemns any rhetoric directed at police officers. Data shows a disparity between how blacks and whites are treated by law enforcement. Murder rates are at their lowest since the 1960s.

Safety for Poor Black Communities (05:44)

President Obama discusses the problem of communities expecting police to be responsible for the problems of substandard schools, drug trade, and joblessness.

Counter Productivity of Violence (05:36)

Teri George expresses concern for the safety of her police officer son. Obama notes that citizens in Baltimore rioted and tore down a community instead of choosing to work together to build it up. Police officers are taken for granted.

What Can a Single Mother Do? (04:46)

Toya Graham is filmed dragging her son from a protest. President Obama acknowledges the challenges for parents trying to raise children in a society that does not reinforce family values.

Blacks and "The Talk" (05:54)

In his instructional video, Anderson demonstrates what he was taught to do when stopped by police. President Obama shares his experiences. Hear about the racism he felt as a child in Hawaii.

Dying to Protect Black Lives (03:56)

Crime rates continue to be high in poor black communities. Police are expected to reduce crime in these areas where they are not trusted. Law makers should help reduce access to assault rifles.

Blacks Killing Blacks (03:17)

President Obama acknowledges the comparatively higher rate of homicides in black communities. Police are on edge knowing guns are everywhere. A healthy community is critical to helping solve race/law enforcement issues.

Vulnerability of Black Americans (03:52)

President Obama discusses criticism over the phrase "Black lives Matter." Law enforcement should initiate transparent investigations and express genuine feelings of compassion after an incident.

Comforting Families of Victims (02:25)

The son of Dallas shooting victim Shetamia Taylor tells President Obama why he wants to be a police officer. Obama's hardest job is meeting with families who have suffered a loss. We all have an obligation to make our nation a safer place for the children.

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David Muir moderates a town hall meeting with President Obama and people who were directly affected by recent tragedies involving law enforcement in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Baltimore. Cameron Sterling, Diamond Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Clifton Kinney, Coffey Anderson, Toya Graham, and Police Chief Edward Flynn each take an opportunity to address the president with their concerns and questions about the future of our nation with regards to race relations, policing, guns, and inequality. 

Length: 60 minutes

Item#: BVL117877

ISBN: 978-1-63521-309-6

Copyright date: ©2016

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