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Americans Looking Forward After a Week of Violence

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Law enforcement officers from Texas bow their heads in prayer during a service Monday, July 11, 2016, at T.B. Butler Plaza in Tyler, Texas. Residents joined officers from several agencies in remembering the four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer who died July 7, 2016. (Andrew D. Brosig/Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP)
Law enforcement officers from Texas bow their heads in prayer during a service Monday, July 11, 2016, at T.B. Butler Plaza in Tyler, Texas. Residents joined officers from several agencies in remembering the four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer who died July 7, 2016. (Andrew D. Brosig/Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP)

Robert Snyder is director of the Graduate Program in American Studies at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He does not believe the U.S. is “nearly as divided as appearances might indicate.”

“Even our deepest problems are more open to solutions than we might think at first glance,” Snyder said. He said that research shows better training of police officers reduces police shootings.

A new report on Monday found that black men and women are more likely to be treated roughly by police -- such as being pushed to the ground. Harvard University economist Roland G. Fryer wrote the report. But he found no discrimination in how often blacks and whites are shot by police.

Robert Snyder said it may because police know they will be investigated and possibly charged with crimes if they shoot people, particularly if racial discrimination is suspected.

Respect and Listen, Says Obama

President Obama has called on Americans to respect and listen to fellow citizens.

“I would like all sides to listen to each other,” the president said. He was referring to protesters such as members of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, and police groups throughout the U.S.

Many demonstrations have been held across the country in recent days.

There have been clashes between protestors and police in some communities, including Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That is where Alton Sterling was shot and killed last week after being knocked to the ground by police.

Baton Rouge police said they arrested 50 people Sunday for blocking a road.

Lisa Batiste, who lives near the demonstration, said police overreacted.

“I’m disappointed. So disappointed,” she told the Baton Rouge Advocate. “It was extremely unnerving -- the military-style policing.”

On CNN television Sunday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown praised the five officers who were killed and many other officers who responded to the shootings.

“You saw footage of officers running toward gunfire, extraordinary acts of bravery,” Brown said.

On Monday, TheBlaze media reported comments from the parents of Micah Johnson, who police say killed the five officers. His mother, Delphine Johnson, said he was “very disappointed” after returning home from military service.

“It may be that the ideal that he thought of our government, what he thought the military represented, it just didn’t live up to his expectations,” she told TheBlaze.

I’m Dorothy Gundy.

Fern Robinson and Ken Bredemeier reported this story for VOANews.com. Bruce Alpert adapted this story and did additional reporting for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.

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