After a series of calls for him to address the death of an unarmed teenager who was killed by a St. Louis County police officer, President Obama has released a statement on the matter.
Michael Brown, 18, lost his life on Saturday after an altercation with police. The teen was unarmed, and witnesses say he was surrendering as he was shot multiple times.
The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.
The president received a wave of criticism after acknowledging the passing of actor/comedian Robin Williams just three hours after his death was reported.
Citizens in support of justice for Michael accused President Obama of contributing to the silence that is often present when it comes to black lives.
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