Obama talks about Ferguson protests, sending in attorney general

3 years 4 months 4 weeks ago Monday, August 18 2014 Aug 18, 2014 Monday, August 18, 2014 3:26:00 PM CDT August 18, 2014 in News
By: Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director

COLUMBIA - President Obama is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, where both the Justice Department and the FBI are investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown.

"We are devoting substantial resources to the investigation," said Obama at a Monday afternoon news conference.

He said the community in Ferguson is "rightly hurting" and looking for answers, but that a "small minority" of protestors is damaging the cause, not advancing it.

"Let's seek to heal, rather than wound," he said.

The area around where the unarmed teenager was shot by police has been a scene of unrest since Aug. 9. Many community leaders have criticized the police for taking a heavy hand.

A reporter asked Obama whether police forces in general have become overly militarized.

There was a turning point after 9/11 when members of Congress wanted to make sure police forces "had the resources to deal with terrorist threats," Obama said.

He called the build-up "useful" in some ways, but said police forces "need to think about whether the stuff they are purchasing is actually what they need," Obama said.

Community safety needs to be "vigilantly safeguarded," he said, but doing so is no excuse for abusive behavior.

"We've got to use this moment to seek out the shared humanity that's laid bare by this moment," he said.

The tension in Ferguson is rooted in a racial divide that dates back several centuries, Obama said.

"Part of the ongoing challenge of perfecting our union has involved dealing with communities who feel left behind," he said.

Many African-American and Hispanic males often find themselves isolated and many are more likely to end up in jail or the justice system rather than in college or in jobs, Obama said.

"What we have to do is make sure that the cause of justice and fair administration of the law is being brought to bear" in Ferguson and elsewhere, Obama said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Dozens of drivers have slid off the road in central Missouri and the highway patrol says many of... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 15 2018 Jan 15, 2018 Monday, January 15, 2018 1:02:00 PM CST January 15, 2018 in News
SEDALIA (AP) — Sedalia police have identified person(s) of interest and are following leads in the investigation of Heather... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 15 2018 Jan 15, 2018 Monday, January 15, 2018 11:41:00 AM CST January 15, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police said Tuesday the suspects in a robbery at Hyvee on Nifong Boulevard also stole items from... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 15 2018 Jan 15, 2018 Monday, January 15, 2018 11:18:00 AM CST January 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The NAACP will sponsor a walk in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday on Monday. The... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 9:30:00 PM CST January 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - People from all around the world come together to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Not... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 9:00:00 PM CST January 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Over 100 people gathered for an event entitled “Critical Conversations in Troubled Times” at Second Missionary Baptist Church... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 8:41:00 PM CST January 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Works is preparing for overnight snow fall Monday with an 8-person plow crew.... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 7:01:00 PM CST January 14, 2018 in Top Stories
ASHLAND - The city of Ashland has grown from a small town of just 429 people to a bustling city... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 4:24:00 PM CST January 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - More than 500 future brides filled the Holiday Inn Executive Center on Sunday to attend the Super Wedding... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 1:38:00 PM CST January 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The 13 th Circuit Court will be adding a Mental Health Track to the Drug Court in January.... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 1:24:00 PM CST January 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The old location of LifeRock church cost too much, and the future location isn't yet finished, so the... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 12:52:00 PM CST January 14, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - One Missouri county has hired a private firm to perform autopsies while it continues to search for... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 12:52:00 PM CST January 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A man is in custody for shooting a Jefferson City resident on Saturday night. 20-year-old Marco... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 12:31:00 PM CST January 14, 2018 in Continuous News
LEBANON (AP) — A southern Missouri teacher has been arrested and charged with felony sexual contact with a student. ... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 11:48:41 AM CST January 14, 2018 in News
PLATTE CITY (AP) - A drunk driver who rear-ended another car, which killed the driver, on Interstate 29 in... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 11:43:00 AM CST January 14, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Goodwill, a job training agency best known for its thrift stores, is entering the field of... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 11:35:00 AM CST January 14, 2018 in News
BLUE SPRINGS (AP) - Police in the Kansas City suburb of Blue Springs say a teenager has been shot... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 10:11:00 AM CST January 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are investigating a shots fired report on Range Line St. on Saturday night. According to the... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:16:00 PM CST January 13, 2018 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds
3am
4am
5am
6am -1°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:07a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
3:00a
Early Today
3:30a
Early Today
2:30a
Paid Program
3:00a
Paid Program
3:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Blacklist
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Riverdale
8:00p
Dynasty
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld