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Obama: No Excuse for Police to Use Excessive Force Against Peaceful Protests

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a press briefing at the Edgartown School on August 14, 2014 in Edgartown, Massachusetts. The president, vacationing on the island, spoke about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and Iraq. (Photo by Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a press briefing at the Edgartown School on August 14, 2014 in Edgartown, Massachusetts. The president, vacationing on the island, spoke about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and Iraq. (Photo by Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images)

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (KMOX) - President Obama spoke today about the protests and violence in Ferguson.

He has called on the Department of Justice and FBI to conduct separate investigations into the police shooting of Michael Brown, who was lost in a “heartbreaking, tragic circumstance.”

“When something like this happens, the local authorities, including the police, have the responsibility to be open and transparent about how they are investigating that death and how they are protecting their communities,” Obama said.

The president also made it clear he expects local agencies to cooperate, and that he’s not happy with the way police are dealing with the protestors.

“There’s also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests, or to throw protestors in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights,” he said.

Police should not be arresting people just trying to do their job, Obama said, specifically citing journalists.

The president said police need to be open and transparent about the shooting of Brown. He added that there is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use the tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting.

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