Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Sunday called the situation in Ferguson, Mo., a "shame and a disgrace" and said people have a right to peacefully protest.
"It is a shame and a disgrace that in a city that is almost 70 percent African-American, to have only 3 African-American police officers," he said.
Ferguson has been rocked by protests after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed young black man, Michael Brown. The police have used tear gas and rubber bullets at times to disperse the protests. There has been some looting and violence as well.
Lewis said the Ferguson mayor and police chief should "literally apologize to the community."
"We've got to learn to live together," he said.