Obama to Jimmy Kimmel: Ferguson Protesters Have "Some Very Legitimate Grievances"

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Mar 13, 2015 9:55 AM
On Thursday night's edition of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, President Obama made his first on-air remarks about the Wednesday night shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri. While Obama denounced the shootings, he said the protesters had "some very legitimate grievances." PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The folks who disregard and disrespect the other side, people who resort to violence that they're marginalized... But they're not the majority. In the same way that you can't generalize about police officers who do an extraordinarily tough job, overwhelmingly they do it professionally. You can't generalize about protesters who, it turns out, had some very legitimate grievances. The Justice Department report showed they were being stopped -- African-Americans were being stopped disproportionately, mainly so the city could raise money, even though these were unjust.