I have no idea what happened in Ferguson, MO, and neither do you. And we all agree any unnecessary death is a tragedy. But we have a judicial system to deal with bad cops, if that turns out to be the case. Rioting, looting, Molotov Cocktails, death threats, and the like, should be singled-out as inexcusable no matter what the facts turn out to be. Instead of making that case convincingly and emphatically, the president spoke to the nation in bland platitudes and equivocated. America, we have a problem.
(Update: The president spoke to the nation again yesterday (8/18), and again equivocated. If he wanted to avoid further violence, looting, anger, and hate, he could have explained to those calling for "death to Darren Wilson!" that we have a judicial system and that the facts will come out as they do in every public case, especially when there are dozens of eye witnesses as there are in this case. But this case should not be tried on TV, or in the streets, or from the pulpit, or with molotov cocktails. He should have told lawbreakers that they will be arrested and prosecuted. Instead he drew a moral equivalence between our judicial system and the rioters. Think about this America: The President of the United States does not want to prevent further violence, looting, anger, and hate.)