President Obama has issued a statement on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was gunned down by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer on Saturday.
In the days following the tragedy, the city of Ferguson has seen peaceful protests, riots, and what some consider an unnecessarily heavy police presence.
President Obama says:
“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.
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.”
President Obama also emphasized that Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice will be investigating the shooting as well as local police in St. Louis County, Missouri.
In addition, Ferguson police says the department will NOT release the name of the officer responsible for shooting Mike Brown out of fear for the officer’s safety.
#BREAKING #Ferguson police say they're delaying the release of the officer's name because of threats made towards officers on social media
— Ryan Dean (@RyanDeanKSDK) August 12, 2014