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Obama Calls Mayors of Charlotte and Tulsa to Offer his Support

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    Sue Ogrocki, AP
    People hold signs at a "protest for justice" over Friday's shooting death of Terence Crutcher, sponsored by We the People Oklahoma, in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.

    President Obama offered condolences and guidance to the mayors of Charlotte, N.C., and Tulsa, Okla., Wednesday, in the wake of the police shootings of two black men, Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher.

    He called Mayor Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte and Mayor Dewey Bartlett of Tulsa and told them he and his administration are committed to providing assistance. President Obama also stressed his desire for local police to find ways to “calmly and productively” engage protestors, NBC News reported.

    The mayors both stressed to the president their commitment to maintaining peaceful protests. The fatal shooting of Lamont Scott led to a night of protests in Charlotte Tuesday night that left 16 officers injured. Demonstrations were taking place in both cities Wednesday.