Weighing his words carefully, Obama said it was clear that disparities in how blacks and whites are treated and sentenced must be addressed, calling for more safeguards and training to prevent missteps. At the same time, he acknowledged the difficult situation that police officers sometimes face.

“There are young black men that commit crime. We can argue about why that happened — because the poverty they were born into or the school systems that failed them or what have you— but if they commit a crime, then they need to be prosecuted,” Obama said. “Because every community has an interest in public safety.”

Obama’s remarks on the crisis were the first since the situation in Ferguson escalated over the weekend, with Nixon, the Missouri governor, ordering a midnight curfew for Ferguson and ordering the National Guard to help restore order. Nixon lifted that curfew on Monday, but tensions remained high the morning after police once again deployed tear gas in response to what they said were reports of gunfire, looting and vandalism by protesters.

The ongoing confrontation, with military-style vehicles rolling through suburban streets, has left citizens across the country wondering how such a war-like scene could play out in America’s heartland.

Shortly before speaking to reporters Monday, Obama received an update from top advisers including Holder and White House Counsel Neil Eggleston. Obama has asked the Justice Department and FBI to investigate Brown’s death, and Holder over the weekend ordered a federal medical examiner to perform a third autopsy on Brown.

Obama weighed in on the crisis during a brief break in his annual summer vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, where the president was spending two weeks with his family while juggling multiple crises in the U.S. and overseas. Obama returned to the White House late Monday and planned to return to the Massachusetts island on Tuesday. His brief return to Washington had been announced by the White House before the standoff in Ferguson began.

Brown was unarmed when he was fatally shot by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, a predominantly black community that long has been at odds with the mostly white police department. Results of an independent autopsy released Monday by Brown’s family determined that Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

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8 thoughts on “Obama Addresses Nation, Holder Heading To Ferguson

  1. Timekeeper on said:

    Please be advised. Stories like the one unfolding with Michael Brown undoubtedly brings out the worst in certain people. As the BET website has gained attention right wing groups troll this site for one reason. To say the most despicable things they can think of. These trolls under the disguise of anonymity feel emboldened to spew their hatred in secret. Like the weakling bigots they’ve always been this is their perfect avenue to get this hatred off their chest. However, it will never get out of their spirit. As Jesus once said
    “it is not what goes into a man that defiles him, but what comes out of him” The evil spirit in some can never be exorcised form a few words on a blog. Only God can change that. So don’t bother to respond in kind to the beneath contempt from which these people and their statements come from. Like Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride and others, racists, and others who think they know a little bit more than somebody else likes to bring their bouji attitudes and take these opportunities to comfort one another in their unholy matrimony of futile existence. Some of them actually get paid by right wing think tanks to patrol minority websites so they can see and hear what is being said. Their express purpose is to distort, divide and confuse the issues. With the same Nixon like paranoia they want to wire tap, OR, in this case blog tap what people are saying. Others do it simply because of their deep rooted racism they’ve learned since kindergarten while they ate their cheerios at the kitchen table and listened to mom and dad blame every minority they could think of for their lack of success. It would be funny, if it weren’t so tragic. So when you see these racist posts ( And I am certain you will) don’t respond. Let it go and give it ( and them) to GOD. He can handle the situation better than any of us can. “for his judgment cometh, and right soon”

  2. The small group that is causing problems are brought in by St. Louis County. It’s retaliation for them protesting and bringing in a black man over St. Louis County

  3. This is news to me that Michael Brown attacked a cop!

    It is also irrelevant. That POS cop had no right to shot this unarmed young man six times or more-with several shots to the back.

    The first thing that AG Holder must do when he arrives in Ferguson is to convene a grand jury and have this cop charged with MURDER!!!!

    These cops all over this country need to understand that they have no right killing our young men of color just because they wear a badge and a gun!– Cops take an oath to “protect and serve”–NOT SHOOT AND KILL!!!—-

    Frito Bandito Valdez–YOU NEED TO STFU!!!!!

  4. Sharon Jones on said:

    What “American Dream”, Mr. Superior? We are all in this together. The President, isn’t worried about the hyped popularity numbers that you are referencing. You are out of touch (delusional). Get used to it. He is bi-racial. A part of us all. GOD, makes NO MISTAKES!

  5. ambientbake on said:

    Perhaps Brown’s death will serve to show other black men that they cannot, and should not, attack a police officer (or anyone for that manner – can you say Trayvon ?) or they may risk being shot.

    Owebama’s comments are shocking – it almost sounds like he is anti-police. Holder will do nothing, but fan the racial flames like Crazy Al Sharpton does.

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