The President Speak On Mike Brown, Eric Garner And Plans To Change The Social Climate
President Barack Obama sat with BET’s Jeff Johnson Monday (Dec. 8) at the White House to discuss the nation’s recent civil unrest. Obama–who appeared visibly tired–spoke in-depth about the protests in Ferguson that erupted from the grand jury’s decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Mike Brown, as well as the marches in New York that sprung form a Staten Island grand jury’s inability to indict 29 year old officer Daniel Pantaleo for placing Eric Garner, 43, in a NYPD’s banned choke hold. Throughout the 30 minute interview Obama made mention of his recent meeting with activist and civil rights leaders from Ferguson and the rest of the country as well as a plan to bring about change to potentially end systemic racism. Check out the interview above and hear his thoughts on the progress that he feels the nation has made.