Obama Says “No Excuse” for Police Shooting – Then Condemns “Oppressive & Objectionable” Ferguson Police
Barack Obama went on a late night entertainment show to condemn the police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri.
This was after he sent out a tweet earlier in the day.
Two St. Louis County Police Officers were shot in front of the Ferguson station lat early Thursday morning.
One officer was shot in the face and the other was shot in the shoulder.
Obama said there was “no excuse” for the shooting.
Then he condemned the “oppressive and objectionable” Ferguson police department.
The Washington Post reported:
But he said it should not “detract” from the issues raised by the events in Ferguson. It was his first statement about the shooting. Both officers are expected to recover and left the hospital Thursday.
“Whoever fired those shots shouldn’t detract from the issue,” Obama said. “They’re criminals. They need to be arrested. And then, what we need to do is to make sure that like-minded, good-spirited people on both sides — law enforcement, who have a terrifically tough job, and people who understandably don’t want to be stopped and harassed just because of their race — that we’re able to work together to try come up with some good answers.”…
…The president talked at length about the situation in Ferguson following the release of a Justice Department report that found the city was systematically targeting black citizens for traffic stops, fines, and arrests. Kimmel asked the president about the officers and about his speech in Selma commemorating the 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches across the Edmund Pettus bridge.
“Obviously we don’t yet know what happened,” Obama said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the officers and their families and thankfully, as you said, they’re going to be okay. What was beautiful about Selma was reminding ourselves that real social change in this country so often has happened because ordinary people are willing, in a non-violent fashion, to make their voices heard and I think what was happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protest but there was no excuse for criminal acts.”
Obama sent the Ferguson cops a tweet – Mike Brown got a speech, 40 FBI investigators and three White House representatives at his funeral.