President Barack Obama’s opening comments echoed the words of Michael Brown’s family that they did not want their son’s death to be in vain. They called for peace and the President calls ask those who are disappointed with the grand jury’s decision to honor their request.
Calls for the police to manage peaceful protest, as they do their job, they need to work with the community to distinguish the troublemakers.
The President reminded Americas the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges America faces. Some of this is the legacy of racial discrimination.
“This is not just an issue for Ferguson, but an issue for America.”
But what is also true despite the gains of minorities is that there are still problems and the President said we should not try to deny these problems. He cautioned it won’t help to vandalize property, hurt anyone but channel your concerns constructively. The vast majority of peaceful protesters understand there is never excuse for violence when others are willing to work with both sides.
Obama did not rule out the possibility to go to Ferguson himself, he reminded the reporter that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and others from the Justice Department have been there.
He reminded the media they have a role to focus on the family, the civil rights leaders and the police trying to find positive solutions. There will be some negative reaction that will make for good TV. But we should also spotlight those focused on making progress.
“I want to be partner with those folks.”
As he spoke in Washington, tear gas was sprayed on protesters. The police ordered protesters out of the middle of the street, that they were unlawfully assembled.
CNN reported looting has begun, police car windows and restaurant windows were shattered.