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President Obama Calls Mayors of Tulsa, Charlotte After Police Shootings

by Chelsea Bailey /  / Updated 
Police officers form a line in front of protesters in Charlotte on Sept. 20.Jeff Siner / The Charlotte Observer via AP

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President Obama called the mayors of Charlotte, N.C., and Tulsa, Oklahoma Wednesday to offer his condolences and guidance after the police shootings of two black men.

The president spoke to Mayor Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte and Mayor Dewey Bartlett of Tulsa Wednesday afternoon, the White House said in a statement.

Both mayors updated the president on the ongoing situation in their cities and stressed their commitment to maintaining peaceful protests, the White House said.

A police officer in riot gear walks past a fire on the I-85 during protests following the death of a man shot by a police officer on September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C.Sean Rayford / Getty Images

The president told the mayors he and his administration are committed to providing any assistance needed and stressed his desire for local police to find ways to "calmly and productively" engage protesters.

The White House said Obama will continue to get updates on the situations from Attorney General Loretta Lynch and White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

The fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott led to a night of rowdy protests in Charlotte Tuesday that left 16 officers injured.

Just days earlier, video was released of Terence Crutcher being gunned down by Tulsa police on Friday while he had his hands up.

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