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By: KMOV.com staff & CNN 

WASHINGTON D.C. (KMOV.com/CNN) – President Barack Obama took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to make his first public statement after two officers were shot in Ferguson, Missouri.

The tweet was signed with his own initials as a way to indicate that he personally wrote it.

Later in the evening, the President appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and condemned the attack on the officers in Ferguson, but said it shouldn't detract from the main issue.

“What had been happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protest, but there was no excuse for criminal acts,” he said.

“They're criminals, they need to be arrested and then what we need to do is to make sure that like-minded, good-spirited people on both sides—law enforcement who have terrifically tough job and people who understandably don't want to be harassed just because of their race—that we're able to work together to come up with some good answers.”

President Obama continued by stating that the shooters are criminals who do not represent the peaceful protesters.

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