[Ed. – Is it because the police acted stupidly?]
President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding in Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict in the death of Michael Brown, pleading with both residents and police officers to show restraint.
“We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make,” Obama said.
CBS News reports that Obama did not watch St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s announcement, but his aides did and briefed him. It was the fifth time Obama addressed Brown’s death.
In a late-night statement from the White House, Obama said it was understandable that some Americans would be “deeply disappointed — even angered” that police officer Darren Wilson wasn’t indicted. Yet he echoed Brown’s parents in calling for any protests to be peaceful, saying that their wishes should be honored as they grieve their son.