Eight Powerful Quotes From President Obama's ABC Town Hall

Erica Garner, the daughter of New York City chokehold victim Eric Garner, was spotted yelling at ABC News employees after a town hall event with President Obama, where she was not afforded the opportunity to ask a question.

"That was the agreement before I called my brother and sisters and before we got on the train to head to DC to do the town hall", she said. "They shut out ALL real and hard questions", she wrote. "I am sorry for your loss", the president said as he shook Garner's hand. "Taking time away from things I had planned to remember my father", Garner tweeted.

ABC pulled the event together in three days following the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers last week and the police shootings of men and Minnesota and Louisiana that sparked Black Lives Matter protests.

"I had to stage a walkout by myself", Garner said.

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"We turn on the TV or surf the internet, and we can watch positions harden and lines drawn and people retreat to their respective corners", Obama said today during the memorial.

Harris said Obama then left the meeting, but his senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, continued speaking with Garner.

After her father's death, Erica Garner became politically active, stumping for Vermont Sen.

Reached by BuzzFeed News, a spokeswoman for ABC News said the taping went overtime to accommodate more people.

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Garner's one-on-one with the president hardly changed her attitude toward ABC, however.

Several participants spoke of a breakthrough moment, saying every single person had a chance to speak, and people felt like they were truly being heard by those normally on the opposite side of the divisive issue of race and law enforcement.

"And some of it involves us being very conscious of our assumptions because white folks and Latino folks also carry some assumptions", he said. I negotiated, I said, 'If any questions get asked, can we guarantee it'll be Erica's? "What we can do", he said, is to set up a series of respectful conversations to make sure we hold ourselves accountable for getting better.

But the president made clear that at times in his life he did feel treated differently simply because he is black. At a town hall focused on race relations in the US, the president was asked questions from the crowd.

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