LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- President Barack Obama tried to use Tuesday's memorial in Dallas as a call for the nation to unite.  

Thousands filled the Meyerson Symphony Center to remember five police officers gunned down during a Black Lives Matter rally last Thursday.

And the president stood solidly behind police, who he says have become overwhelmed, and, he asked average citizens to step up.

"So much of the tensions between police departments and minority communities that they serve is because we ask the police to do too much, and we ask too little of ourselves," President Obama said.

Those words were appreciated by LMPD Chief Steve Conrad, who was in Dallas along with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

"The inability to fund programs at the level they need to be ... that will keep the police from having to deal with problems that shouldn't be their problems to begin with," Chief Conrad said.

Mayor Fischer says he hopes the nation, and Louisville in particular, uses this tragedy as a wake-up call and pathway to understanding.

"I hope, much as what the President talked about, that anyone with any group, whatever an extreme position is, re-thinks that, and says there has to be a coming together in the middle," Mayor Fischer said.

Chief Conrad says he echoes Tuesday's call by Dallas Police Chief David Brown for people to get out of the protest line and instead become an officer and be a part of change. 

"There are lots of bright, wonderful people in our community who would be phenomenal police officers," Chief Conrad said. "And getting their start protesting against us might be a different way to coming to law enforcement.

"But, we would certainly welcome smart, articulate people that want to serve this community."

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