When Michael Brown died, Barack and Michelle Obama were “heartbroken” and when Trayvon was killed, he saw the son he never had, but in finally recognizing the execution of Sheriff’s deputy Darren Goforth, he declared that it was “unacceptable.”
The veteran law enforcement officer “was contemptibly shot and killed over the weekend,” Obama said in a statement after he spoke by telephone with the deputy sheriff’s widow Kathleen Goforth.
He placed a call to Mrs. Goforth to extend his condolences.
“I also promised that I would continue to highlight the uncommon bravery that police officers show in our communities every single day,” Obama added.
“They put their lives on the line for our safety.”
Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable — an affront to civilized society,” Obama said.
“We’ve got to be able to put ourselves in the shoes of the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the door at the end of his shift.
“That comfort has been taken from Mrs. Goforth. So we must offer her our comfort — and continue to stand up for the safety of police officers wherever they serve.”
By way of contrast, this is what he said when Michael Brown, a less-than reputable citizen, was shot.
“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.
This is what he said after the grand jury found there was absolutely no case against the officer who shot him.
“There are Americans who agree with it and Americans deeply disappointed, even angry,” he said. Anger is “an understandable reaction,” he continued, but those upset with the decision should show “care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that occur” and channel their energies constructively.
While protesters must remain calm, so too must police respond responsibly, the president said, calling for “law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests.”
“In too many parts of this country a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color,” he said. “We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson. This is an issue for America.”
Sheriff David Clarke had a different reaction to the hatred that is leading to these types of attacks and he places the blame squarely on the president.