BREAKING VIDEO: Obama addresses nation on George Floyd’s death

Per TheHill, former President Obama on Wednesday called for police reforms but did not mention President Trump and largely steered clear of the polarizing politics that have wracked the nation following the death of George Floyd.

Speaking at a virtual town hall from his home in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C., Obama outlined changes he said would reduce police violence toward racial minorities.

The former president said chokeholds should be outlawed and that officers should not be able to shoot at moving vehicles. He called on local police departments to establish clear use-of-force guidelines and said officers should have to intervene when another officer has become too rough with a suspect.

“I’m urging every mayor in this country to review your use-of-force policies with members of your community and to commit to reforms,” Obama said.

“Let’s go ahead and implement those. We need those in positions of power to say this is a priority,” he added.

The town hall event is the first time Obama has made public remarks about the protests that have swept the nation in response to the death of Floyd, who died last week after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.


Former Pres. Barack Obama: “I’ve been hearing a little bit of chatter in the internet about voting vs. protest, politics and participation vs. civil disobedience and direct action.”

“This is not a either/or. This is a both/and.”

“We’re grateful for the vast majority of you who protect and serve,” former Pres. Obama says.

“I’ve been heartened to see those in law enforcement who’ve recognized, ‘Let me march along with these protesters…I want to be part of the solution.'”

“It makes me feel as if this country’s going to get better.”

Former Pres. Barack Obama says he’s encouraged by how many young people have been galvanized in recent days, saying they historically have been catalysts for progress.

“Please know that Michelle and I grieve with you,” former Pres. Barack Obama says to families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others.

“We’re committed to the fight of creating a more just nation in memory of your sons and daughters.”