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President Obama speaks out about the Michael Brown killing and calls for calm

President Barack Obama has spoken about the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, according to an ABC News report on Tuesday. The president said that the police shooting death of the unarmed Missouri teen was heartbreaking. Additionally, Obama has urged the many persons who are upset with the police incident to stay calm. Following the incident which occurred on Saturday, citizens have taken to rioting and looting along with their protests.

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Michael Brown was an African American who was shot a number of times on Saturday in Ferguson by a police officer even though he was unarmed. He died from the gunshots. Since Saturday’s occurrence, many of the citizens of the community have been engaged in a tense standoff with the police. Looting, in particular, was rampant in the aftermath of the deadly event.

Obama said that the death of Brown is heartbreaking and that he and the First Lady send their deepest condolences to the deceased young man’s family and his community at this very difficult time. The president continued by saying that he knows the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, he urges everyone in Ferguson and across the country to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. He said that 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,” he said.

Part of the discontent with the community and supporters of Brown is that they doubt the sincerity of a promised FBI investigation into the shooting. Therefore, the president emphasized that Eric Holder, the nation’s Attorney General, and the Department of Justice will be investigating the shooting alongside local police authorities in St. Louis County. According to KMOV-TV in St. Louis, the St. Louis County NAACP has already begun its own investigation as well.

Since there have been death threats made against the officer involved in the shooting, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson is not identifying the officer to the general public due to safety concerns. Brown’s father wants the officer’s name released. The father said, “This person’s got to pay for this.” The father has received support for his plea from the likes of the Rev. Al Sharpton and Benjamin Crump, the Brown family’s attorney. Following two nights of discontent in Ferguson, the Browns and civil rights leaders have urged supporters to remain calm without any display of violence – as did President Obama.