Obama faced ‘institutional constraints’ as president in addressing Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown killings
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CHICAGO — When former President Barack Obama reacted to the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, killings that ignited racial justice protests during his tenure, he had to choose his words carefully, the former Chicagoan and nation’s first Black president said Wednesday in a virtual roundtable. Speaking with the Black Lives Matter organization’s co-founder Alicia Garza and others to mark the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, the 44th president said he was limited in what he could do from the walls of the Oval Office during similar high-profile deaths. “There were some frustrations f...