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President Obama: "The Death Of Michael Brown Is Heartbreaking"

The president weighs in on the death of the Missouri teenager, as violence between protesters and police continues.

Posted on August 12, 2014, at 4:39 p.m. ET

Police officers in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 11
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Police officers in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 11

President Obama urged "reflection and understanding" Tuesday after the shooting of a Missouri teenager by a police officer, calling Michael Brown's death "heartbreaking."

The full statement:

The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that's what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.