President Obama concerned about Ferguson, Missouri violence

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EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP/ABC News) – President Barack Obama said Thursday that there is no excuse for the use of excessive force by police in the tense aftermath of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and no excuse for violence against the police.  In brief remarks near his vacation spot in Martha’s Vineyard, Obama said he wants an open and transparent investigation of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, so that justice is done.

He also said police shouldn’t be arresting and bullying journalists who are doing their jobs. Two reporters were taken into custody and briefly jailed Wednesday evening in the St. Louis suburb amid clashes between protesters. There were reports of Molotov cocktails, tear gas and rubber bullets being used.

I know that emotions are raw right now in Ferguson,” Obama said in a news conference. “There is never an excuse for violence against the police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting. … There is also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail.”
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