1. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama, (D) United States
"And as i said last night, the frustrations that we have seen are not just about a particular incident. they have deep roots in many communities of color. We have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly. That may not be chore everywhere, and it is certainly not true for the vast majority of law enforcement officials, but that is an oppression that some folks have, and it is not just made up. It is rooted in realities. It has existed in this country for a long time. Now, as i said last night, there are productive ways of responding and expressing those of frustrations, and there are destructive ways of responding. Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk, that is destructive. There is no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts. And people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts. But what we also saw, although it did not get as much attention in the media, was a full gathering of the overwhelmingly useful protests in Chicago and New York, Los Angeles, other cities. We have seen young people who are organizing, and people beginning to have real conversations about how we change the situation so that there is more trust between law enforcement and some of these communities. And those are necessary conversations to have."
President Barack Obama says there's "no excuse" for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying property in response to the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.
Obama says such "destructive" actions are criminal and those who are responsible should be prosecuted.
The president is speaking in Chicago a day after a Missouri grand jury declined to indict a police officer in 18-year-old Michael Brown's death.
Obama says he understands that many people are upset by that decision. He says their frustration is rooted in a sense that laws are not always being enforced "uniformly and fairly" in communities of color.