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    Obama: US Has ‘More Work to Do’ on Race Relations

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    US President Barack Obama has stated that the racial issue is an important task the US faced after the Ferguson, the Garner case in New York.

    WASHINGTON, December 20 (Sputnik) — The United States is having an important conversation about race relations and law enforcement, following racially tinged police violence and protests, but still has more work to do, US President Barack Obama has stressed.

    "How we are thinking about race relations right now has been colored by Ferguson, the Garner case in New York, a growing awareness in the broader population of what many communities of color have understood for some time," Obama said at an annual press briefing Friday.

    "We got more work to do on that front. This is a legacy of a troubled racial past," Obama stressed.

    According to the US president, the wealth gap between African Americans and white Americans persists, although the former are doing better now, compared to how things were six years ago. Obama cited improvements in education, universal healthcare and a growing job market as some factors that have led to improvements for African American communities.

    In the next 90 days a task force will provide recommendations to Obama to address distrust between law enforcement and communities of color in the United States. The US president has said he would use executive orders to implement what he could, while Congress, state authorities and local police will have to make the changes on the ground.

    Since the police killing this summer of unarmed 18-year-old African American Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the United States has been gripped by demonstrations and discussions over police brutality.

    Darren Wilson, the white officer who shot Brown, was not indicted by a grand jury. In another similar case, Daniel Pantaleo, the white police officer who held Eric Garner in a chokehold which resulted in him suffocating to death, was similarly not indicted by a grand jury in New York.

    Both deaths and the jury verdicts caused nationwide protests across the US.

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