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August 22nd, 2014
06:24 PM ET

State Rep.: Obama coming to Ferguson wouldn’t help us get justice sooner

(CNN) – President Barack Obama has not visited Ferguson, Missouri, where violent clashes have erupted between protesters and police for nearly two weeks.

"The President coming here, it wouldn't necessarily do anything in terms of it helping us get to justice sooner," said Democratic State Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis.

The shooting death of unarmed, black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, was what sparked the unrest in Ferguson.

And while Obama has not visited the town, he did dispatch Attorney General Eric Holder to reassure the community that the investigation into Brown's death will be fair and transparent.

"He sent the resources in the Attorney General, and we appreciate that. They've brought every resource to bear on the situation that they can," said Curtis.

For more of our interview with State Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, check out the video above.

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