Obama: "What Was Happening In Ferguson Was Oppressive And Objectionable And Was Worthy Of Protest"

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President Obama made his first public comments about the two officers shot in Ferguson, Missouri in an appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live in Los Angeles, California on Thursday. Obama said the criminals that committed the act need to be arrested, the president said "what happened in Ferguson was oppressive and was worthy of protest."

“What happened in Ferguson was oppressive and was worthy of protest, but it was no excuse for criminal acts. No one should be shot. [The shooters] are criminals and need to be arrested,” Obama said.

Citing his speech in Selma last week, Obama said "social change in this country" has happened because people "are willing in a nonviolent fashion" to make their voices heard.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the officers and their families and thankfully as you said they're going to be okay," Obama said on Thursday night's broadcast of Kimmel's show. "What was beautiful about Selma was reminding ourselves that real social change in this country so often has happened because ordinary people are willing in a nonviolent fashion to make their voices heard."

JIMMY KIMMEL, ABC'S JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: Speaking of the news, I want to mention something. Last night, very late last night for you in Washington, D.C., in Ferguson, two police officers were shot. Thank goodness --

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thankfully they're okay.

KIMMEL: -- they're at home, they're out of the hospital. And especially, you gave a beautiful speech in Selma last Saturday, talking about these very subjects, about civil rights, the past, present, the future of civil rights. Does that make it especially painful for you when something like this happens?

OBAMA: Obviously we don't yet know what happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the officers and their families and thankfully as you said they're going to be okay. What was beautiful about Selma was reminding ourselves that real social change in this country so often has happened because ordinary people are willing in a nonviolent fashion to make their voices heard.

And you know, I think that what had been happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protest. But there was no excuse for criminal acts. And whoever fired those shots shouldn't detract from the issue. They're criminals, they need to be arrested.

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