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Obama: No excuse for 'excessive force' by police in Ferguson, Mo.
Obama: No excuse for 'excessive force' by police in Ferguson, Mo.

President Obama sought to calm the increasingly tense situation in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday, saying there was “no excuse” for "excessive force" by police or for looting or violence aimed at law enforcement. Making a brief statement from Martha’s Vineyard, where he is on vacation, Obama said the police have a responsibility to be “open and transparent” about the events that led up to the shooting by a police officer of a black teenager in the city Saturday afternoon. “Put simply, we all need to hold ourselves to a high standard, particularly those of us in positions of authority,” Obama told reporters. He added that he had asked...

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