President Obama released a statement Tuesday following the death of a teenager who was shot to death by police.
Michael Brown, 18, was shot by an officer in the St. Louis suburb after a scuffle on the street. The case has stoked racial tension, protests and looting in Ferguson, a predominantly black city with roughly 21,000 residents.
President Obama issued this statement:
The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve."
St. Louis County are investigating the shooting, the FBI has launched a civil rights investigation.