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The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police criticized President Obama Thursday for his remarks about law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo.
"I would contend that discussing police tactics from Martha's Vineyard is not helpful to ultimately calming the situation," director Jim Pasco said in an interview with The Hill.
"I think what he has to do as president and as a constitutional lawyer is remember that there is a process in the United States and the process is being followed, for good or for ill, by the police and by the county and by the city and by the prosecutors’ office," Pasco added.
Pasco harkened back to 2009, when Obama criticized a Massachusetts police officer for arresting Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, when he was attempting to break into his own home. Obama said the officer had “acted stupidly.”
"That is one where the president spoke precipitously without all the facts," Pasco said, adding that the current situation "is a much larger and more tragic incident."
Pasco said both police and members of the public are entitled to due process but said he is not convinced police have used excessive force in Ferguson.
"I would contend that discussing police tactics from Martha's Vineyard is not helpful to ultimately calming the situation," director Jim Pasco said
"I've already tasked the Department of Justice and the FBI to independently investigate the death of Michael Brown," he said, referring to the teenager police fatally shot on Saturday. "I made clear to the attorney general that we should do what is necessary to help determine exactly what happened and to see that justice is done."
"I know emotions are raw right now in Ferguson, and there are certainly passionate differences about what has happened," Obama said. "But let's remember that we're all part of one American family. We are united in common values and that includes the belief in equality under the law, respect for public order and the right to peaceful public protests."
The president said that regardless of the circumstances of Brown's death, there is no excuse for the police to use excessive force and there is "never an excuse for violence against police, nor for anyone to use this as a cover for vandalizing or looting. "Now is the time of healing. Now is the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson," he said.
originally posted by: catt3
a reply to: switchqm8
And your 2 cents are not worth .02 cents
Nobody knows exactly what happened, everybody choosing sides is stupid.
Actually, a president with the track record of Obama in regards to protestor arrests, establishment of "free speech zones" outside of which no protestor can assemble, and disproportionate militarized police responses in places like Nevada should honestly keep his damn mouth closed about Ferguson
Disproportionate militarized police response in Nevada? How about the disproportionate militia response to the cries of a hysterical whiner who didn't want to pay a nominal grazing fee to utilize public land for his business like everyone else?
originally posted by: xuenchen
No looting and rioting.
originally posted by: Iamthatbish
Everyone that's speaking up about choosing sides either doesn't appreciate the value of a life or doesn't see the full picture.
originally posted by: burdman30ott6
a reply to: theantediluvian
I disagree with you on Bundy and any notion of supporting this failed presidency. That said, please don't mistake my attack on what Obama said for agreement with the FOP spokesman. I don't like what is happening in MO at all. I also don't like the fact that we've had a lecturing "do as I say, never as I do/rules don't apply to me" president once again flapping his hypocritical mouth hither, tither, and yon presuming the majority of Americans care any longer for anything he says.