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Obama on Garner: Unequal Treatment an 'American Problem'

By    |   Wednesday, 03 December 2014 05:36 PM EST

Reacting to two recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the killings of black suspects, President Barack Obama said Wednesday it is time for all people to come together to address the issue.

Obama was speaking at the White House Tribal Nations Conference just after the announcement was made that a police officer would not face indictment in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Obama said there are too many instances where people are seeing people treated unfairly.

"In some some cases those may be misperceptions, but in some cases that's a reality," he said. In both the Garner case and the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, the suspects were black and the police officers involved in their deaths are white.

"This is an American problem, and not just a black problem or a brown problem or a Native American problem," Obama said. "When anybody in this country is not being equally under the law, that's a problem. And it's my job as president to help solve it."

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Reacting to two recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the killings of black suspects, President Barack Obama said Wednesday it is time for all people to come together to address the issue.
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