Relations between police and the nation’s African-American community are “far worse” than people think, says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who predicts that protests against police violence that followed last week’s slaying of five police officers in Dallas “might be just the beginning for this summer,” The Associated Press reports.
In an interview with AP, Trump suggested that a lack of training for officers might be partially to blame for the two police shootings that led to last Thursday’s protest in Dallas, where a lone gunman killed five in an act of vengeance against white officers.
At the same time, Trump denounced the name of the Black Lives Matter movement as “a very divisive term.” Asked what he would say to African Americans who feel targeted by police because of their race, Trump said, “We have to talk to ’em and we have to build up the spirit.”
He added: “We have to talk with the police. And we have to get people to really get along. People are not getting along in this country. We are in a divided country.”