A leader of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, who met with President Barack Obama said Tuesday that a trip there now would be “too little, too late.”
Ashley Yates, co-founder of Missouri-based Millennial Activists United, said the youth leaders who gathered in the Oval Office on Monday did not push the president to make a visit to Ferguson. The president has considered going since racially charged protests erupted over this summer’s shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.
Yates, a 29-year-old from St. Louis, helped start Millennial Activists United in the wake of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death and has been arrested during protests in Ferguson.
The White House described the meeting with Yates and seven other youth civil rights activists as a significant part of his day devoted to responding to the events in Ferguson.