Obama on Ferguson: Time to listen, not just shout

Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is calling for understanding to calm the racially charged anger that has consumed Ferguson, Missouri, since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

The president said that while the vast majority of protesters in the St. Louis suburb were peaceful, he warned that looting and attacks on police by a small minority was undermining justice for 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Obama said Attorney General Eric Holder would travel to Ferguson this week to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown's death. He said he has told Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon he would be monitoring the use of the National Guard to see whether the operation was helping or hurting the situation.

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