President Obama hopes Ferguson protests will remain peaceful

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FERGUSON (CNN/PIX11) -- President Barack Obama is urging calm as a Missouri grand jury weighs whether to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.

"Using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to the rule of law and contrary to who we are," the President told ABC News in an interview excerpt broadcast Friday.

The grand jury will not reconvene until Monday. Barricades have been set up around the building where they have been meeting. President Obama hopes the demonstrations will remain peaceful regardless of the decision.

There were protests again Saturday night that were without incident for the most part as there were only two arrests. Police leaders have met five times with protest group leaders in an effort to deescalate the tension.