President Barack Obama said Thursday that all Americans should be troubled by recent police shootings, calling on the U.S. to "do better" amid rekindled nationwide debate about the use of force by police.
"These are not isolated incidents. They're symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system," Obama said.
The president made his statement on the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling shortly after arriving in Warsaw, Poland for a NATO summit. The shooting of the two black men this week by police prompted protests across the country.
Sterling, 37, was tackled to the ground before he was killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His death was also documented by a witness and posted to Facebook.
A day later, 32-year-old Castile was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop in front of his girlfriend and a child. The aftermath of the shooting in Falcon Heights, Minnesota was captured in graphic detail on Facebook video.
Obama said that his position means that he cannot comment on the specific facts of these cases.