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Obama: No excuse for excessive force by police in Ferguson

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published August 14, 2014 at 12:21 p.m. Updated August 14, 2014 at 12:35 p.m.

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Barack Obama says there is no excuse for the use of excessive force by police in the tense aftermath of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., and no excuse for violence against the police.

In brief remarks Thursday near his vacation spot in Martha's Vineyard, Obama said he wants an open and transparent investigation of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, so that justice is done. He also appealed for "peace and calm" on the streets of the St. Louis suburb.

"I know emotions are raw right now in Ferguson and there are certainly passionate differences about what has happened," Obama said. "But let's remember that we're all part of one American family, we are united in common values and that includes the belief in equality under the law, respect for public order and the right to peaceful public protests."

He also said police shouldn't be arresting and bullying journalists who are doing their jobs. Two reporters covering the protests were taken into custody and briefly jailed Wednesday evening while working in a nearby McDonald's restaurant.

Read Friday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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lazybar says... August 14, 2014 at 12:58 p.m.

leave it to obozo to come to the rescue. peacefull?wtf they were throwing rocks at the popo

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LR1955 says... August 14, 2014 at 2:14 p.m.

-->Peaceful<-- public protests are certainly within an American's rights, over zealous police should not be jumping the gun (no pun intended). We're not back in 1959 Little Rock !!!

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... August 14, 2014 at 2:43 p.m.

"FBI confirmed in document that says new black panther leader is in area encouraging violence against cops did indeed come from FBI."
The people of Ferguson are telling Obama and not so sharp Al Sharpton to STFU. About time for this.
Those reporter(s) had made an office at that McDonald's restaurant, the manager asked them to leave. They did after the police showed them the door.

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lazybar says... August 14, 2014 at 2:51 p.m.

1955 yup peaceful protest are within rights of americans. right or wrong the courts have yet to decide about the officer but the protestors have looted and thrown rocks so thats a far cry from peaceful. it looks like the over zealous ones are the protestors.

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KCSAP says... August 14, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

There is no justification for the mobs and thugs. This is just mob/thug mentality. Perhaps if Obama hadn't so politicized the justice system, people would have more faith in it.

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Packman says... August 14, 2014 at 4:33 p.m.

In my humble opinion BH's remarks are both prudent and responsible. Unlike the Trayvon Martin shooting, Obama didn't add fuel to the fire with silly remarks about having a son that might look like the dead teenager.
The incentives of the looters is unknown and likely due to many factors, not the least being opportunistic. It is to way overthink the situation to believe the looters have the intelligence to justify their own lawlessness with BH Obama and Eric Holder's lawlessness regarding Obamacare and immigration enforcement, among others. It is much more believable that the looting was simply a natural outcome of projected class warfare and an ingrained entitlement mentality.

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AmericasDoomed says... August 14, 2014 at 4:41 p.m.

I'm glad to see people wising up to Sharpton. He doesn't show up to help the cause. He's there to inflame the situation. Jesse Jackson is no better.

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Oldearkie says... August 14, 2014 at 5:33 p.m.

Re AmericasDoomed: And what about MLK?

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RoyDaMercer says... August 14, 2014 at 5:57 p.m.

MLK is rolling in his grave right now, appalled by these actions.

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Populist says... August 14, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.

If you right wing knee jerks would read the rest of the president's message, he said there was no excuse for the violence against police. Nothing in his statement really is controversial.

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