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Deval Patrick Is 'Sick of Unarmed Black Men Being Shot By Police'

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) weighed in Wednesday on the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer.

A reporter asked Patrick for his thoughts on the situation in the St. Louis suburb, and the governor responded, "I'm sick of it."

"I'm sick of unarmed black men being shot by police. I'm sick of the lawlessness on the streets. I think everybody's tired of it," Patrick said. "When are we gonna get through with this kind of thing?"

Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson later Wednesday to meet with officials as part of a federal investigation into Brown's death. Patrick said he hoped the investigation would have a swift resolution.

"I'm hopeful, with the attorney general of the United States going out, that federal law enforcement will be fully engaged, and I hope bring to a decision quickly," he said. "But that's a really tough mission that he's set out on, and I know that from some experience."

Holder told reporters Thursday that the Department of Justice will "continue to stand with Ferguson."

"Few things have affected me as greatly as my trip to Ferguson," he said.

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