Donald Trump: Black Americans 'not necessarily wrong' about police abuses

"I think it's safe to say we're having a cooling point as the mayor talked about", he told 11Alive. He specifically criticized the shooting of Sterling in Baton Rouge, calling it "a bad, disgusting performance" by the police.

To their supporters, Black Lives Matter represents the most important civil rights group in the country, fighting for racial equality and highlighting allegations of police brutality. "So at this time, I don't foresee at this time [more protests]".

Asked whether he agreed with Giuliani's assessment, Trump said the group's name is "divisive".

But Trump also referenced the "tragic deaths in Louisiana and Minnesota" during his event, saying they made clear that "a lot of work" must be done to ensure all Americans feel their safety is being protected. "And it's a very divisive term", he said. "There are certain people where unfortunately that comes into play", he said, adding that more training could address some problems. While he has often tiptoed around the issue in the past, Donald Trump finally gave his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement.

The demonstration in Dallas drew a crowd of about 800 people, and almost 100 police officers were assigned to the event and surrounding area, according to reports.

"I have to say, I think 99.9 percent of the police do an incredible job in the country", said Mr. Trump.

"When you say black lives matter, that's inherently racist", Giuliani said.

In a news conference Monday morning, Fulton County Police Chief Gary Stiles said the police department is doing its best to "uphold the order and laws of this country while treating everyone in a professional, equal, and just manner".

Mr. Trump's comments capped a day in which Mr. Obama delivered remarks at a memorial service in Dallas for the fallen officers, where he defended Black Lives Matter for drawing attention to police abuses. But he said he would help black Americans and all Americans if elected president. Are Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter mutually exclusive?

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