EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama says that while the shooting death of a Missouri teenager has prompted “strong passions,” people should remember Michael Brown through “reflection and understanding.”

Obama’s comments came in a written statement about 18-year-old Brown. The unarmed teen was fatally shot by a police officer Saturday while walking on a street near his suburban St. Louis home.

Witnesses have said the officer was white and Brown was black. The shooting has prompted violent protests in Brown’s community.

Obama says he and wife Michelle send their deepest condolences to Brown’s family and community. He says the Justice Department is continuing to investigate the situation along with local officials.

The president also called on people to comfort each other “in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. “

Read Obama’s full statement below:

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.

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11 thoughts on “President Obama: ‘The Death of Michael Brown is Heartbreaking’

  1. Johnita P. on said:

    President Obama is making history by speaking up about this incident and the Trayvon Martin murder period. Previous presidents have kept completely silent on many past incidents where they could have commented — just two cases in point, Amadou Diallo and Rodney King. You won’t find presidential responses. President Obama is to be commended!

  2. pac4me on said:

    Our president is a compassionate man and his remarks were simply out of a genuine care for the family’s loss and concern for that community and it’s current state of upheaval. To say he was forced means that you have no compassion – to say that he didn’t respond as fast as he did for Robin Williams says that you are stupid

  3. James R. on said:

    Thank you, Mr. President for you kind thoughts, I believe justice will prevail with the USDOJ, trailing the investigation.

  4. Timekeeper on said:

    I dont believe Obama was forced to say anything. My take is that he simply wants people to know that he is aware and sensitive to what is going on. Im not sure if it is the right thing to do or not ( Im sure the right wing in all of it’s bigoted glory) will criticize him for saying something. I fr one, will allow him the freedom to express himself without that se criticism. Seems like that is all too many people like to do

  5. Honestly on said:

    F*uck this country. It is dying from the disease of racist cancer. Nubians have no vested interest in this GOD forsaken land built by slave labor.

    • I don’t think he was “forced” just impelled as in the T. Martin and Henry L. Gates his Harvard friend
      being high profiled news stories involving AA’s and him an AA. I don’t really see anything wrong as long as he reserves judgment til after the all facts are in. (something he failed to do in the Gates incident) Just ALL should remember next election will probably usher in a White Republican POTUS
      so just remember he will have license to comment on news of the day as well

      • Thanks for your response. Forced was to strong , I should have ask Y did it take him awhile to comment when he immediately commented on Robin Williams?

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