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Obama's restraint on Ferguson unrest is the right approach

Obama's restraint on Ferguson unrest is the right approach

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An NPR report this morning notes that some people believe President Obama hasn’t spoken forcefully enough on the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

But I believe some restraint on his part is necessary.

With the Justice Department looking into this case and the attorney general traveling to Missouri, the president could taint the federal investigation by appearing to have decided on an outcome before all of the facts are known.

And expressing grief and concern but not leaping to a premature conclusion is the right course, especially in his case. So was criticizing those who have resorted to violence and looting.

“Ours is a nation of laws for the citizens who live under them and for the citizens who enforce them,” the president said Monday.

Reports NPR’s “Morning Edition”:

That studied even-handedness disappoints some African-American observers. Paul Butler, who studies race and criminal justice at Georgetown Law school, wants to hear more outrage from the president about the conduct of a nearly all-white police force in a town that’s two-thirds black.

“With the specter of urban insurrection in an American city that looks more like Fallujah than Ferguson, this is not the time to be detached,” he says.

That’s unfair and unrealistic.

He is the president of the United States, not Al Sharpton.


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