President Obama is pausing his vacation once more in Martha’s Vineyard to deliver remarks at 12:15pm EST this afternoon (Aug. 14). The impromptu speech could hopefully mean that the commander in chief will address the current state of chaos Ferguson, Mo. is in, following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed when killed by a police officer on Saturday (Aug. 9). Protests have broken out in the St. Louis suburb as law enforcement officials have sprayed tear gas and rubber bullets unto demonstrators and journalists.
“We are working to restore confidence in the safety of our community and our neighborhoods so that we may begin the healing process,” the police department said in a statement, before requesting, “We ask that any groups wishing to assemble in prayer or in protest do so only during daylight hours in an organized and respectful manner. We further ask all those wishing to demonstrate or assemble to disperse well before the evening hours to ensure the safety of the participants and the safety of our community.”
Obama also issued a statement earlier this week, which came after outrage online that the Prez had delayed in delivering a statement on Missouri. He asked the nation to reflect after Brown’s passing, saying, “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.”
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