US President Barack Obama has endorsed the use of the National Guard to suppress protests in the Saint Louis suburb of Ferguson. The town has been the scene of violent clashes between police and protesters since the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager on August 9.
Obama called on protesters to remain calm, noting that a small minority was using the death of Michael Brown to engage in violence. He said giving in to anger through looting and attacks on police only stirs tension and leads to more chaos. He went on to say that in order to overcome the mistrust endemic between many communities and their local police, US citizens need to listen and not just shout. Obama also said Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Ferguson to meet the FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown’s death.