WATCH: Obama Urges Americans to Use George Floyd Protests to Spark ‘Real Change’ in Virtual Town Hall on Police Reforms

Former President Barack Obama urged Americans on Wednesday to use the urgency of the George Floyd protests to spark “real change” in the United States. Mr. Obama’s comments come after more than a week of demonstrations sparked by Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

“Let me begin by acknowledging that although all of us have been feeling pain, uncertainty, disruption, some folks have been feeling it more than others. Most of all, the pain that’s been experienced by the families of George and Breonna, Ahmaud, and Tony and Dreasjon, and too many others to mention.”

“In some ways as tragic as these past few weeks have been, as difficult and scary and uncertain as they’ve been, they’ve also been an incredible opportunity for people to be awakened to some of these underlying trends,” Mr. Obama said. “And they offer an opportunity for us to all work together to tackle, to take them on, to change America and make it live up to its highest ideals.”

His remarks were part of a broader conversation about proposed reforms to the nation’s law enforcement agencies, and how to improve trust between police and the communities they protect.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Ed O’Keefe and Sarah Ewell-Wice