Obama: Justice Department Report Showed "Structure" Of Racism In Ferguson Police

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On ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night, President Obama said the Department of Justice report on the Ferguson, Missouri police department's handling of the Michael Brown killing showed there was a "structure" of racism and a disregard for law enforcement.

Obama said "things are better" when it comes to issues of racial progress, but said "there is still more work to do."

"We shouldn't get complacent about the very real existence of problems out there, but we shouldn't despair and think nothing's changed," Obama said. "If people of goodwill, which is the overwhelming majority of Americans working together, these are problems we can solve."

PRESIDENT OBAMA: What was happening in Ferguson was that you had city government telling the police department that stop more people, we need to raise more money. Folks would get stopped, they'd get tickets. Then they'd have to wait in line to pay it. Take a day off work. Folks would lose their jobs. In some cases they were thrown in jail because they didn't have enough money for the fines. Then they'd get fined for that.

And so there was a whole structure there, according to the Justice Department report, that indicated both racism and just a disregard for what law enforcement's supposed to do. as I've said before, I said this at Selma. It is not unique, but it's also not the norm. And we've got to constantly, when we're thinking about issues of racial progress or any kind of issue recognize that things are better but there is still more work to do. And we shouldn't get complacent about the very real existence of problems out there, but we shouldn't despair and think nothing's changed. If people of goodwill, which is the overwhelming majority of Americans working together, these are problems we can solve.

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