- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 17, 2016

The head of the Cleveland police union said Sunday that President Obama has “blood on his hands” after the murders of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“It is reprehensible. And the president of the United States has blood on his hands, and it will not be able to become washed off,” said Detective Steve Loomis on Fox News.

Detective Loomis’ comments came after three officers in Baton Rouge were shot and killed Sunday in the aftermath of a highly publicized police shooting two weeks ago outside a convenience store that killed Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man.

Detective Loomis accused the president of stoking unrest by validating a “false narrative” about police targeting black men.

“The president of the United States validated a false narrative, and the nonsense that Black Lives Matter and the media are pressing out there to the public — validated it with his very divisive statements, and now we see an escalation,” the detective said.

Detective Loomis also said that his union is drafting a letter to Ohio Gov. John Kasich asking for a temporary ban on open carry in Cuyahoga County during the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

“This has got to end,” he said. “We need some leadership in this country to come forward and put an end to this. I don’t care if it’s clergy, I don’t care who it is.”

The recent police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota have prompted a rash of Black Lives Matter protests, including the July 7 demonstration in Dallas in which a sniper shot and killed five police officers and injured nine others.

• Valerie Richardson can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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