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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Chicago (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned the violence that erupted in Ferguson in the wake of the decision not to charge a white police officer over the fatal shooting of a black teenager.

“Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk … there’s no excuse for it,” Obama said in Chicago, calling for anyone found guilty of involvement to be prosecuted.

“Those are criminal acts,” Obama added, while expressing sympathy for minorities who felt laws were not being enforced “uniformly or fairly.”

Obama urged parties aggrieved by events in Ferguson to work peacefully to achieve change, saying the case had exposed “an American problem.”

“The bottom line is nothing of significance, nothing of benefit results from destructive acts,” he said.

“I’ve never seen a civil rights law or a health care bill or an immigration bill result because a car got burned.

“It happened because people vote. It happened because people mobilize, people organize — it happens because people look at what are the best policies to solve the problem.”

AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan

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  • Six Edits

    The myth of Obama is like an ever-shifting mirage of illusions conjured up to exploit the sympathies of the gullible and the ignorant.

    • Julia

      Pardon me? Pay attention to facts; not your Party’s political garbage.

  • Julia

    Sadly, this report and the ones that I saw on TV left out an important part of the message that I heard the president give. Yes, he criticized the destruction, but he also praised those who have been protesting in non-violent
    ways, and he said that he had been and would be with them.

    Why is that part of his speech being ignored? It’s important for those who have
    suffered so much to know that their president is with them in spirit,

  • Captain Hadley

    Obama offers destruction. Nothing more.