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Michael Brown Case UPDATES: President Obama Speaks On Tension & Protests + Phaedra Parks & John Legend Offer Suport + MORE Eyewitnesses EMERGE

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Earlier today, President Obama made his first public remarks about the killing of Michael Brown and the protests in Ferguson, MO.  Watch the POTUS' comments inside and see new interviews from eyewitnesses.

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Above, RHOA star Phaedra Parks was seen offering to Desuirea Harris, the grandmother of Michael Brown, during a news conference held earlier this week.  And the lawyer spoke on her social media saying:

During my St. Louis visit, I had the pleasure of meeting #MichaelBrown's mother Lesley McSpadden. Although, we come from different places & backgrounds, we are very much alike-We are both black women & mothers who deeply love our sons. Unfortunately, she is planning her son's funeral while I struggle to make sure my sons never know her son's fate. #fixitjesus #JusticeforMikeBrown #Ferguson #prayforpeace #prayforstlouis #StopPoliceBrutality

Today, President Obama addressed the nation for the first time (on television) regarding the shooting death of Michael Brown and the protests in Ferguson, MO.  This is following his statement on Tuesday. 

The cops and authorities in Ferguson have been dressed in riot gear, military gear, are rolling around in tanks, and have weapons that are typically used for war. Yet, the citizens are reportedly unarmed. As tensions have escalated with the unnecessary detainment of several reporters, the arrest of at least 65 protesters, police being accused of excessive force (including rubber bullets, tear gas), and media outlets shutdown (#mediablackout), POTUS had much ground to cover. He said,

“I know that many Americans have been deeply disturbed by the images that we’ve seen in the heartland of our country.

“I made clear to the Attorney General that we should do what is necessary to help determine exactly what happened and to see that justice is done,”

“When something like this happens, the local authorities, including the police, have a responsibility to be open and transparent about how they are investigating that death and how they are protecting the people in their communities.

There is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting. There’s also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights.”

 

 

Also, more eyewitnesses came forward to share their stories about Michael's last moments. 

 

WITNESSES: Tiffany Mitchell & Piaget Crenshaw:

 

Original KEY WITNESS: Dorian Johnson

Interestingly, it took police several days to contact key witness Dorian Johnson.  It is unknown if they have spoken to the two new witnesses.

In case you were wondering, the Ferguson Police Dept still refuses to release the name of the officer who shot and killed Michael.  On Tuesday, Cornell William Brooks, national president the NAACP, said, “It seems to me that the most important thing here is to let the facts come out as quickly as possible, sending a signal to the community that the investigation is proceeding and that the investigation will in fact be transparent. I don’t believe, where the name will be known at some point, delaying that for any undue period of time helps the situation.”

For now, Ferguson Police Department Chief Thomas Jackson refuses to release the name of the officer because of potential harm to the officer and his family.  But that hasn't stopped names from coming out.  However, the police claim both names are incorrect.  DETAILS HERE.

Tonight, all around the country, candlelight vigils and peaceful protests are being held in Michael Brown's honor, and in honor of all unarmed victims slain by police. 

Meanwhile, John Legend has been speaking out on Twitter:

 

And when he got pushback, he responded:

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Nice!

 

 

 

Phots via Getty/AP/John Legend's Twitter

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