A weary sounding President Barack Obama urged calm after the announcement that the Ferguson grand jury concluded its work and did not indict Officer Darren Wilson on any charges involving the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
“There will be some negative reaction and it will make for good TV,” he said. “We need to lift up constructive dialogue.”
Obama quoted Michael Brown’s family’s wishes for nonviolence following months of unrest.
“Michael Brown’s parents have lost more than anyone,” he said. “We should be honoring their wishes.”
The Atlanta Police Department had no related incidents to report following the grand jury’s decision.
Obama noted that Attorney General Eric Holder and staff members have been engaged following the shooting, and said the country should act up on the opportunity for positive change.