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Updated: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:43:46 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Michael Brown shooting: Obama urges protesters, police to remain peaceful



President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Taking a two-day break from summer vacation, President Barack Obama met with top advisers at the White House Monday to review developments in Iraq and in racially charged Ferguson, Mo., two trouble spots where Obama has ordered his administration to intervene. (© AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Taking a two-day break from summer vacation, President Barack Obama met with top advisers at the White House Monday to review developments in Iraq and in racially charged Ferguson, Mo., two trouble spots where Obama has ordered his administration to intervene. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Charles Dharapak/Associated Press

U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday the Ferguson, Mo., community was “rightly hurting” but urged protesters to remain peaceful in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting.

Obama said the vast majority of protesters in a St. Louis suburb were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice for the unarmed black man shot and killed by police on Aug. 9.

During a brief pause in his summer vacation, Obama expressed sympathy for the "passions and anger," but said giving in to that anger through looting and attacks on police only stirs tensions and leads to further chaos. He said overcoming the mistrust endemic between many communities and their local police would require Americans to "listen and not just shout."

"That's how we're going to move forward together, by trying to unite each other and understand each other and not simply divide ourselves from one another," Obama told reporters at the White House.

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