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U.S. Attorney General to visit Ferguson for shooting investigation

English.news.cn   2014-08-19 05:46:07
• Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Ferguson to carry out a federal investigation into the incident.
• Obama said Holder's visit to Ferguson will "help bring about peace and calm."
• Obama said Ferguson is "rightly hurting," but called once again for people to seek some understanding.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama announced Monday that Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Ferguson in the state of Missouri on Wednesday to carry out a federal investigation into the shooting incident that took place there nine days ago.

During a press conference at White House, Obama said Holder's visit to Ferguson will include meetings with federal investigators and local community directors. Before the press conference, Obama had met with Holder, spoken with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon as well as some Missouri senators.

The President said Holder will also meet with law enforcement officials "to help bring about peace and calm in Ferguson."

"While I understand the passions and the anger that arise over the death of Michael Brown, giving into that anger by looting or carrying guns, and even attacking the police, only deserves to raise tensions and stir chaos, it undermines, rather than advancing justice," Obama said.

Obama, however, noted that constitutional rights to speak freely, assemble and those of the press must be "vigilantly safeguarded... especially in moments like these." "There's no excuse for excessive force by police," he added.

The president said Ferguson is "rightly hurting," but called once again for people to seek some understanding rather than to simply "holler at each other". "Let's seek to heal, rather than to wound each other," he said.

"In too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement. In too many communities, too many men of color are left behind and seen only as objects of fear," Obama added.

According to the President, his own initiative for the project "My Brother's Keeper", which is aimed to provide economic and educational support to disadvantaged minority youth in the country, has already made significant progress.

In an interview with CNN, Governor Nixon said he appreciates the president and Holder's efforts, but acknowledges the continued tensions in his state. "It was a hard night last night and we're hoping for a better night tonight."

Early Monday morning, Nixon announced he was deploying the state National Guard to Ferguson to address the "intensifying violent attacks" there. In a statement later, the governor announced there would not be a curfew on Monday night and that the Guard would have a "limited mission".

On Aug. 9, 18-year-old African American Michael Brown was shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Vigils soon turned into riots and Governor Jay Nixon declared last Saturday a state of emergency in Ferguson.

The President has taken a two-day break from his summer vacation to huddle with top advisors at the White House on issues related to situation in Iraq and riot in Ferguson. He is facing criticism for spending two weeks on the Massachusetts island amid crises home and abroad.


Missouri Governor announces State of Emergency in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo., Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- After a night of looting, violence and chaos, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and a curfew that will begin at midnight and end at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday morning in Ferguson, Missouri,.

This action comes in the wake of the shooting of unarmed 18- year-old Michael Brown seven days ago, and many nights of protests. Full story

U.S. blacks, whites sharply disagree on Ferguson shooting: poll

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S. whites and African Americans sharply disagree over a police shooting of a black teen that has rocked a town in the U.S. state of Missouri and sparked riots and ongoing protests, showed a poll released Monday.

Most blacks have already made up their minds that the policeman should be found guilty, a poll released by U.S. polling company Rasmussen Reports found. Blacks are also more convinced that the violent protests since the shooting are mostly legitimate outrage rather than criminal activity. Full story

Editor: Bi Mingxin
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