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President Obama Issues Statement on Michael Brown Shooting

President Obama has officially issued a statement on the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. And the president appears to be urging calm in the wake of protests and riots spreading around Ferguson.

Here’s the statement in full:

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.

Al Sharpton spoke in Ferguson today and also urged citizens against taking their anger out in extreme ways to protest Brown’s death.

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