President Obama on Baltimore: “This Is Not New”

While speaking in the Rose Garden today, President Obama shared his thoughts on the recent protests following the death of Freddie Gray — a 25-year-old Baltimore native who died while in police custody.

The President noted that the events in Baltimore called attention to the urgent need throughout the country to build trust between communities and their police.

“This has been going on for a long time,” he said. “This is not new, and we shouldn’t pretend that it’s new… If our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could — it’s just that it would require everybody saying, ‘This is important, this is significant.'”

Watch the President’s full remarks, and learn how he is committed to building trust between communities and law enforcement while maintaining public safety.

President Obama speaks about Baltimore.