18 August 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

President Obama said the small number of people who are looting and lashing out at police in Ferguson, Mo., are undermining calls for justice there. In a news conference Monday at the White House, the President also said freedoms of assembly and the press must be “vigilantly safeguarded” in the town. The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has sparked a week of peaceful protests, as well as isolated incidents of looting and attacks on police. Officers have been accused of overreacting with tear gas, rubber bullets and mass arrests. The President said there was “no excuse for excessive force by. »

- Tim Molloy

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