Obama Releases Statement on Michael Brown

President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.
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President Barack Obama has broken his silence on the fatal shooting of unarmed Missouri teen Michael Brown and released the following 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.

The police chief in the St. Louis suburb where Brown was gunned down has not released the name of the officer who fired the shots citing death threats.

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