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Obama urges proactive response after Ferguson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 01:19

U.S. President Barack Obama says those upset by the grand jury decision in Ferguson must move forward constructively. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama urged Americans upset by the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager to move forward constructively to achieve real change. During an appearance in Chicago planned for immigration, Obama said the reasons for the anger were justified but condemned the violence that broke out after the decision was announced. "The frustrations that we've seen are not just about a particular incident, they have deep roots in many communities of color who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly," Obama said. The president added that in addition to the federal investigation he ordered outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder to work with local law enforcement agencies and community leaders to find specific steps that will build trust in communities. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered hundreds more National Guard troops to the Ferguson area on Tuesday, following a night of looting and destruction of businesses in the aftermath of the decision to clear white officer Darren Wilson of criminal charges in the August shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. Black lawmakers in Congress and local activists pinned their hopes for justice on an ongoing U.S. Justice Department probe into whether Wilson violated Brown's civil rights through excessive force, and whether Ferguson police systematically violated people's rights through excessive force or discrimination.

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Obama urges proactive response after Ferguson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 01:19