President Obama today issued a statement from Martha’s Vineyard on the shooting death by a police officer of Michael Brown, an 18 year old African American.
Brown was killed in a St. Louis suburb. The identity of the officer who shot him has not been released, but much of the local police force is white. The killing has sparked riots in the area.
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.