Obama: Monday's riots distracted from peaceful protests that were constructive and thoughtful. "One burning building will be looped on television over and over and over again. The thousands of demonstrators who did it the right way will be lost in the discussion."
Obama: "What those community leaders and clergy and others were doing, that is a statement. That's the kind of organizing that needs to take place if we're going to tackle this problem."
Obama: "Since Ferguson and the task force we put together, we had seen too many instances of what appears to police officers interacting with individuals, primarily African-American urban poor, that raise troubling questions. And it comes up, it seems like, once a week now." He understands why people say it is a crisis.
Obama: "This is not new. We shouldn't pretend that it's new. The good news is that perhaps there's some newfound awareness because of social media and video cameras and so forth." There are challenges in policing these communities and we have to respond.
Obama: Proposals from post-Ferguson task force would make a difference in rebuilding trust and making sure that law enforcement officers can do their jobs better.
Obama: We're going to keep on working with local jurisdictions so that they can begin to make the changes that are necessary. Important for Fraternal Order of Police to acknowledge that this is not good for police. We have to own up to the fact that there are occasionally going to be problems here, just like every other profession. ... "There are some police who aren't doing the right thing."
Obama: Police have to work together with communities to solve the problems.
Obama: "We can't just leave this to the police. I think there are police departments that have to do some soul-searching. I think there are some communities that have to do some soul-searching." The whole country has to do some soul-searching.
Obama: If we really want to solve the problem, we could. It would require everyone to say this is significant. And we don't just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns or a young man has his spine snapped.