WARSAW, Poland — The White House says President Barack Obama will speak about the police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota this week that killed two black men.
Obama is traveling to Warsaw, Poland, for a NATO summit and is scheduled to arrive just after 6 p.m. EDT. The White House says he’ll deliver a statement just after arriving at the Warsaw Marriott.
The statement comes the same day Obama wrote on Facebook that the shootings show the U.S. has a serious problem and that he shares feelings of “anger, frustration and grief” that police killings have triggered across the country.
Court records indicate the man who was killed during an altercation with two Baton Rouge police officers couldn’t have legally had a gun at the time of the shooting because he was a convicted felon.
Alton Sterling was killed early Tuesday. Police said he was armed and an eyewitness said he saw an officer pull a gun out of Sterling’s pocket.
Sterling pleaded guilty in 2011 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and illegally carrying weapons. A judge in Baton Rouge sentenced him to five years in prison, giving him credit for time served.
Court records show Sterling also was arrested in May 2009 after an officer confronted him outside a store where he was selling CDs. It was a different store than the one where he was killed.
A police report says Sterling tried to reach into his pocket when the officer was frisking him, ignored the officer’s commands to keep his hands on a police vehicle and turned to run away.
The report says the officer grabbed Sterling by the back of his shirt and pushed him to the ground and gave loud verbal commands to stop resisting.
The report says a gun fell from Sterling’s waistband while the officer was “wrestling” with him on the ground. Other officers arrived and helped arrest him.