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As heated protests continue in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama called for calm on all sides.
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00:02 -- young man Michael Brown in. Heartbreaking. And tragic circumstances.
00:09 He was eighteen years old. -- family will never holds about
00:13 Michael and their arms again. And when something like this happens.
00:17 The local authorities including police have a responsibility to be open
00:20 and transparent about how they are investigating that death. And how
00:24 they are protecting the people in their communities. There is never
00:30 an excuse for violence against police. Or. For those who would
00:34 use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism. -- -- There's
00:40 also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful
00:43 protest. Or two throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their
00:48 first amendment rights. And here in the United States of America
00:51 police should not be -- or arresting journalists were just trying
00:55 to do their jobs. And report to the American people on
00:58 what they see on the ground. Put simply we all need
01:02 hold ourselves to a higher standard particularly those of us in
01:05 positions of authority but now's the time for healing. Now's the
01:09 time for peace and home on the streets of Ferguson. Now's
01:14 the time for an open and transparent process to see that
01:17 justice is done.