President Barack Obama weighed in on the death of Ferguson teen Michael Brown on Tuesday, calling the police shooting “heartbreaking.”
The shooting has prompted protests and riots in the predominantly African American community which has criticized the predominantly white police force for its deadly use of force.
In a statement, Obama expressed his hope that the community would seek answers peacefully.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Obama noted the Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened an investigation “along with local officials,” and promised the Department of Justice would “continue to direct resources to the case as needed.”