Obama says, Ferguson Police Bias Is Not an Isolated Case


President Obama on Friday said that he thought the pattern of racial discrimination described in a report by the Justice Department about the Ferguson Police Department was not an isolated example.

“I don’t think that is typical of what happens across the country, but it’s not an isolated incident,” Mr. Obama said on the Joe Madison show on Sirius XM.

The Ferguson report found a pattern of discrimination against African-Americans and what Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. called “a highly toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment, stoked by years of bad feelings, and spurred by illegal and misguided practices.”

In the interview, taped on Thursday afternoon, Mr. Obama said that he believed that the government and communities needed to confront similar instances of problems between African-Americans and law enforcement agencies.

“I think there are circumstances in which trust between communities and law enforcement have broken down, and individuals or entire departments may not have the training or the accountability to make sure that they are protecting and serving all people and not just some,” he said.

The president’s comments were his first since the release of the report. They were broadcast as Mr. Obama prepared to head to Alabama on Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday civil rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

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Source: The New York Times | Michael D. Shear

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