"We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make," he said.
Obama's statement came less than an hour after it was revealed that the St. Louis grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
Obama also appealed to protesters to be peaceful, invoking Michael Brown’s parents’ desire.
“Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer," he said.
At the same time, the president also appealed to law enforcement officials in Ferguson to “show care and restraint."
"The situation in Ferguson speaks to the broader challenges we still face as a nation,” Obama said, noting that “a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color."