President Obama Releases Statement on Death of Michael Brown, Jr.

President Obama, Michael Brown Statement
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President Obama received a great amount of backlash following his statements on the death of slain teen Trayvon Martin, in which he stated that the 17 year-old, “could have been his son”. In light of the recent death of Michael Brown, Jr. which has stirred emotions in a community, the President has released a more tempered statement, via an official White House Press Release.

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.

For live tweets from Ferguson, go here.