EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama is being briefed on the situation in a St. Louis suburb where police used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel protesters.

The protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have been sparked by the death of an unarmed teenager who was shot by a police officer. The officer is white and 18-year-old Michael Brown was black.

The White House says Obama was briefed late Wednesday night by Attorney General Eric Holder and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Obama is vacationing on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, as are Holder and Jarrett.

The White House says Obama has another briefing scheduled for Thursday morning.

Earlier in the week, the president issued a statement saying that Brown’s death is stirring “strong passions,” and he appealed for reflection.

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2 thoughts on “Obama Briefed On Violence In St. Louis Suburb

  1. Timekeeper on said:

    I am certain Barak Obama has full knowledge of thiscountry’s historic and racial past ( and present) There have been several racially charged incidents over the past few years that he has stepped up and spoken about. In doing so he has endured te wrath of both sides. those who say he spoke out too much, and those who say he hasnt spoken out enough. He cant win either way. So, while it amy be interesting to see how he responds,it will be even more interesting to see how we respond. With criticism?, with grace? With patience, and/or without judgement. None of us know what he is up agains, or what he is dealng with I would love for him to sa more and do more. I also remnd myself of the tremendous weight he has on his shoulders in dealing with a divided america and no one being satisfied. I wouldnt wish that on anybody!

  2. President Obama was a small child during the mid 1960’s when this country was embroiled in riots in the streets of Newark, LA, Detroit, etc. He never really knew of the ugliness going on in Selma Alabama and other parts of the dirty South.

    Obviously, Amerykah’s ugly HISTORY is repeating itself again!!

    So, it will be interesting to see how he responds to what is currently going on in Ferguson and in this country as a whole when it comes to cops killing un-armed men of color!!!!!

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