USA: 'Protests are broader social issue not just law and order issue' says Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the protests in Baltimore during a press conference in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, saying that "If our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could, its just that it would require everybody saying this is important, this is significant". Speaking from the White House alongside visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama stated that to solve the problem requires that "we don't just pay attention when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped, but we're paying attention all the time because we consider those kids our kids and we think they're important and they shouldn't be living in poverty and violence." The US President added that "it's easy to ignore those problems or to treat them just as a law and order issue as opposed to a broader social issue". Violence broke out on Monday, just hours after the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died in police custody on April 19, 2015. Gray's family say he suffered a severe spinal injury, that his voice box was crushed and his neck was snapped before he went into a coma and died. Police reports indicate that these injuries were sustained after his arrest. A state-of-emergency has also been declared in the city, imposing a 22.00 to 05.00 curfew, which will last for at least a week. The National Guard was also activated and have been dispatched to the area.

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