President Obama says ‘no excuse’ for riots in Baltimore

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there have been too many troubling police interactions with black citizens.

Obama is calling the deaths of several black men by police “a slow rolling crisis.” He says it’s not new, but there’s new awareness from cameras and social media.

The president says there’s “no excuse” for violence in Baltimore. Obama says looters are not protesting but stealing. He says they should be treated as criminals.

Obama spoke Tuesday at a White House press conference with the Japanese prime minister as the National Guard was called in to quell violence. Rioting broke out Monday after the funeral for Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody under mysterious circumstances.