President Obama holds a town hall meeting as tensions rise between blacks and police.

Fox's Carmen Roberts reports:

The town hall meeting gave the President a chance to expand the conversation about race and policing, saying it's his desire young people not grow up mistrusting police.

(President Obama) or alternatively that the police who are doing a good job and are out there taking care of their communities that, they're constantly at risk not just from criminals but also because the community mistrusts them. 

Taking questions from the audience during the ABC broadcast, he explained the phrase "Black Lives Matter" simply refers to...

(President Obama) The notion that there's a specific vulnerability for African Americans that needs to be addressed. It's not meant to suggest that other lives don't matter. 

Trying to shift the conversation away from the blame game, the President acknowledged the Country's "not even close to being there yet." But at least, he says, people are finally talking.

Carmen Roberts, FOX News.