President Barack Obama called for peace following a grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

“I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully,” he said after the decision was announced. He also called on law enforcement to show restraint when dealing with peaceful protests.

"We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make,” he said.

Obama said that the situation in Ferguson speaks to problems we still face as a nation.

“In too many parts of this country, a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color […] We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson. This is an issue for America.”