President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Taking a two-day break from summer vacation, Obama met with top advisers at the White House to review developments in Iraq and in racially charged Ferguson, Mo., two trouble spots where Obama has ordered his administration to intervene. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(USA Today) – President Obama pledged to redouble his efforts to find solutions to the distrust between law enforcement and minority communities, saying “the problem is not just a Ferguson problem. It’s an American problem.”

Obama condemned the rioting and violence broke out in Missouri Monday after a grand jury failed to indict a police officer in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

“Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk — that’s destructive, and there’s no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts, and people should be prosecuted for it,” he said Tuesday in Chicago.

But Obama said there were also peaceful protests to the grand jury’s decision, which “didn’t get as much attention in the media.”


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