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Recap from the White House on Ferguson

The following is a recap of information on Ferguson from the White House:

  • The President has closely monitored – and been briefed regularly on – the situation in Ferguson and the Department of Justice has opened an independent, federal civil rights investigation into the death of Michael Brown.
  • Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Ferguson tomorrow to meet with the FBI agents and DOJ personnel conducting the federal criminal investigation and to receive an update from them on their progress. Today, Ronald Davis, the director of the DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is traveling to Ferguson.
  • The President underscored that the majority of protesters are peaceful but a small minority of individuals are not – and they are only dishonoring the memory of Michael Brown (by love). He also reiterated that our constitutional rights to speak freely, to assemble, and to report in the press must be safeguarded.
  • The President spoke directly to Ferguson, a community that is rightly hurting. He called on Ferguson – and the United States – to move forward together as one united American family.

Following Monday’s call with Valerie Jarrett and Attorney General Holder, the President delivered the following statement: http://youtu.be/1RdIZ-IKR-Q?list=UUYxRlFDqcWM4y7FfpiAN3KQ

In addition, the most recent official statement by the Attorney General Holder can be found here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/August/14-ag-854.html

We understand your ongoing concerns about the recent events in Ferguson. We are going to continue to stay engaged and keep you updated as this case progresses.

Best,

White House Office of Public Engagement