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August 12, 2014 - 1:54 pm

President Obama released his first statement on the shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown, urging calm in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after two nights of rioting.

“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,” Obama said. “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.”

Brown, 18, was shot to death in a St. Louis suburb on Saturday afternoon. Police say the teen attacked an officer and tried to take his gun, while witnesses counter that the unarmed teen had his hands up in the air.

On Monday, Holder said in a statement that his department’s investigation “will supplement, rather than supplant, the inquiry by local authorities.”

“At every step, we will work with the local investigators, who should be prepared to complete a thorough, fair investigation in their own right,” Holder said.

A group of lawmakers from the Congressional Black Caucus asked Holder today to expand the DOJ’s investigation toward the Ferguson police as a whole, studying their past background of incidents in addition to the shooting of Brown.

“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,” Obama continued. “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.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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I've followed this with more disgust than actual interest. It's more of the same black activist Leftist drivel. Even assuming the cop was totally in the wrong, plenty of senseless murders of young black men happen every day. The response from these racists activists? Nothing. But if it's not a black guy who's the shooter, the heavens open and a raging downpour of indignation magically appears. I have no sympathy for the black community when it comes to things like this - none. The only racial supremacists I see are the ones complaining about racial supremacy. What hypocrites, and far too stupid to even perceive it.
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Watching video of the marchers it looked as if there was a white guy acting as a marshal.
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Watching some of the videos of the looting I get a glimpse of why whites fled to the suburbs. There's not a lot of shape to the doos, pants are being held up with one hand while the other grabs stuff and Ebonics appears to have replaced English.

I don't know if others were taught to not push Police officers doing a lawful job, or threaten the Police, but I was. Sure, the Police are not always a perfect example and those I see in the videos sure the hell aren't.

Get a dam job, a hair cut and pull up your pants! While your at it, put a shirt on.
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Sounds like you're denigrating ghetto "kulture" to me. hahaha
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Just wondering how many young black men died in Chicago the same night of the St. Louis shooting?
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well then, with the DOJ on the job, there is nothing to worry about. Justice will be swerved.
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Then tell Sharpton to get the hell out of there.
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I've followed this with more disgust than actual interest. It's more of the same black activist Leftist drivel. Even assuming the cop was totally in the wrong, plenty of senseless murders of young black men happen every day. The response from these racists activists? Nothing. But if it's not a black guy who's the shooter, the heavens open and a raging downpour of indignation magically appears. I have no sympathy for the black community when it comes to things like this - none. The only racial supremacists I see are the ones complaining about racial supremacy. What hypocrites, and far too stupid to even perceive it.
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Is this a hopeful sign that Obama learned his lessons from previous multiple race baiting efforts?

Nah, he can't 'use' this incident, besides his golf outings and fundraising are more important.
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Considering how incorrect he was on the Cambridge police and the Zimmerman case, I'm now pretty much ready to exonerate the Ferguson officer.
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Platitudes. But I guess that's what the situation calls for.
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Yes, whoever wrote that for him accidentally struck the right note by giving him very little to say besides the basics.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
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Now watch this drive!
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