Diddy is calling on Obama to have more of role in the racially divisive Ferguson protests gripping not only the small Missouri town, but also the nation.
The death of 18-year-old Mike Brown at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson has turned Ferguson into what many are calling a police state.
Diddy slammed the police militarization of Ferguson in a spirited IG post.
“It’s a shame that in 2014 some people still have the mentality that this is the year 1968. As we watch the news from Missouri I am saddened I’m confused and I am disbelief tha tin United States of America after all that the black man and woman have been through that it’s okay as a people to treat us as animals in second-class citizens ! If these was any of the community would the police be pointing shotguns at the children who are just trying to be heard and follow in thr footsteps of the civil rights movement God help us all!” he wrote.
“I just have a question. Would this happen in any other community where people are trying to have a peaceful protest, but they have shotguns pointed at them,” he continued. “This sh-t ain’t right. …Obama, get on a plane. These are your people, baby.”
Obama urged a re-examination of programs that equipped police with military gear from the Pentagon, according to the AP.
“There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement, and we don’t want those lines blurred,” Obama said during a White House press conference. “That would be contrary to our traditions.”
Obama advocated peace in the city as protests continue.
“We’ve got to make sure that we are able to distinguish between peaceful protesters who may have some legitimate grievances and maybe long-standing grievances, and those who are using this tragic death as an excuse to engage in criminal behavior,” he said.
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