Obama weighs in on chokehold protests

Protesters still outraged over grand jury decision not to indict an NYPD officer in chokehold case

(CNN) – Tensions boiled over in northern California as the Highway Patrol clashed with demonstrators late Sunday night. Protesters are still outraged over a New York grand jury decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold case.

Concern over the wave of fury sweeping across the country weighing on the mind of the Commander-in-Chief. In President Obama’s latest interview with BET, he says young African Americans at the heart of the issue need to be both persistent and patient in helping ease racial tension.

“When you’re dealing with something that is deeply rooted as racism or bias in any society, you’ve got to have vigilance but you have to recognize that it’s going to take some time and you have to be steady so that you don’t give up when you don’t get all the way there.”

The President, hoping his message resonates across the country. Demonstrators flooded the streets of Oakland prompting a heated freeway standoff. Protesters reportedly threw Molotov cocktails, firecrackers, and bottles at the California State Highway Patrol. Eight people were arrested, two officers injured, and several businesses vandalized.

“There is a whole country that’s acknowledging the pain of what’s going on and something that is not right. But to get your message across, this is not the way to do it.”

Cross-country, a more peaceful protest in Washington. Demonstrators staged a “die-in” outside Capitol Hill. It’s a scene repeating itself in several cities as people demand justice and change in the wake of back-to back grand jury decisions declining to indict policemen in the death of black men.

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