奥巴马演讲

奥巴马对密苏里州弗格森大陪审团所作出的决定发表讲话

时间:2014-11-25 16:44:41  作者:奥巴马(Obama)  来源:奥巴马演讲  查看:174  评论:0
内容摘要:美国总统奥巴马当地时间24日晚在白宫发表讲话,呼吁民众在弗格森案宣判后保持冷静。奥巴马讲话前,美国密苏里州大陪审团刚刚决定枪杀非洲裔青年迈克尔·布朗的白人警察达伦·威尔逊免于被起诉,这一结果立刻引起弗格森民众强烈不满。

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As you know, a few moments ago, the grand jury deliberating the death of Michael Brown issued its decision. It’s an outcome that, either way, was going to be subject of intense disagreement not only in Ferguson, but across America.  So I want to just say a few words suggesting how we might move forward.

First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law.  And so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make.  There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry.  It’s an understandable reaction.  But I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully.  Let me repeat Michael’s father’s words:  “Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer.  No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain.  I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone.”  Michael Brown’s parents have lost more than anyone.  We should be honoring their wishes.   

I also appeal to the law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur.  Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day.  They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law.  As they do their jobs in the coming days, they need to work with the community, not against the community, to distinguish the handful of people who may use the grand jury’s decision as an excuse for violence -- distinguish them from the vast majority who just want their voices heard around legitimate issues in terms of how communities and law enforcement interact.

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