Obama addresses thousands of mourners, remembers slain Dallas officers
The officers were shot by a sniper during a peaceful march against the killing of blacks by white officers.
The officers were shot by a sniper on Thursday night, during a peaceful march against the killing of blacks by white officers in the US.
The shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson, was later killed by police, using a so-called 'robot bomb'.
In the wake of last week's events, US authorities are still being criticised for seemingly placing the lives of white citizens above those of black Americans.
Obama began his tribute tonight, by sharing the personal stories of each officer, and has emphasised their commitment to the work.
"We are here to honour the memory and mourn the loss of five fellow American, to be with their loved ones [and] to support this community."
The US president has also touched on the racial divisions plaguing the country.
"In this country we don't have soldiers in the streets, or militias setting the rules, instead we have public servants. Police officers, like the men who were taken away from us."
Obama has urged both law enforcement and protestors to speak honestly about the context behind the divisions.