Obama to defend U.S. police officers in speech, says cops get blamed ‘for broader failures of society’ BY Adam Edelman NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 2:51 PM A A A Share this URL BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images President Obama is expected to address the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Chicago. President Obama on Tuesday was slated to offer a passionate defense of police officers in the U.S., explaining that they too frequently are blamed for larger societal problems. “Too often, law enforcement gets scapegoated for the broader failures of our society and criminal justice system,” Obama was set to tell the International Association of Chiefs of Police during a Chicago speech, according to his prepared remarks. “I know that you do your jobs with distinction no matter the challenges you face. That’s part of wearing the badge,” he will say. “I reject any narrative that seeks to divide police and communities they serve — that frames any discussion of public safety around ‘us’ and ‘them,”’ Obama will tell the group, according to the remarks. “A narrative that too often gets served up to us by cable news seeking ratings, tweets seeking retweets, or political candidates seeking some attention.” Obama will say that society expects police to control broader problems stemming from unemployment, substandard education, inadequate drug treatment programs and lenient gun laws. Obama, in his speech, is also expected to explain how reforming federal sentencing laws and enacting stricter gun control legislation would benefit police officers. “Fewer gun safety laws don’t mean more freedom, they mean more fallen officers,” Obama will say. “They mean more grieving families, and more Americans terrified that they or their loved ones could be next.” The speech comes just a week after NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed along a pedestrian overpass above the FDR Drive when a gunman opened fire on him and his partner. The suspect, Tyrone Howard, was arrested and charged with murder. Obama’s speech also comes amid a national debate that has taken shape following the deaths of unarmed black men in Florida and Missouri, giving rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. Last week, Obama defended Black Lives Matter and said its activists are illuminating a legitimate issue that black communities face, but on Tuesday, Obama sought to avoid pitting police against the communities they are charged with protecting.