President Barack Obama has asked the nation to reflect after the death of Missouri teen Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer Saturday (Aug. 9).
"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," he said. "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."
He continued, "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 did not comment on the Brown shooting Monday (Aug. 11) during a public appearance in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where he was reportedly on vacation.