President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore is not an “isolated incident,” but he also condemned looting and rioting that followed in the city. “Unfortunately you know we’ve seen these police related killings or deaths too often now, and obviously everybody is starting to recognize that this is not just an isolated incident in Ferguson or New York but we’ve got some broader issues,” Obama told radio show host Steve Harvey in an interview.
Obama said he has no plans to visit Baltimore but said he might “once things clear up.”
The President also said his “heart goes out” to the police officers injured in the Baltimore riots. “They showed appropriate restraint,” Obama told Harvey, adding later “it shows you how tough a job policing can be.”