President Obama appealed for “peace and calm” Thursday in Ferguson, Mo., where police have clashed with protesters angry about the death of an unarmed black teenager.
“I know that emotions are raw right now in Ferguson,” Mr. Obama said while vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. “Let’s remember that we’re part of one American family. Now’s the time for healing, now’s the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson.”
The president said he spoke Thursday to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon about his concern “over the violent turn of events” as police have confronted protesters for several nights in a row.
He said “there’s no excuse” for police to use excessive force against peaceful protesters or “bullying” journalists, but the president also said protesters should not attack police officers.
“Put simply, we all need to hold ourselves to a higher standard — particularly, those of us in positions of authority.”