President Obama Issues Statement On Zimmerman Verdict

Source: KTLA 5

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House released a statement on Sunday afternoon from President Obama in response to the jury’s verdict in the murder trial of George Zimmerman. Below is the President’s unedited statement:

“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”

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  • Ann49

    I gotta say we need the guns to defend ourselves, as long as there is the threat of someone attacking anyone of us. Not that we want it, but we got it that way.

    • MrsM

      Too bad Trayvon didn’t have a gun to defend himself.

      • kc

        He attacked someone who was legally carrying a gun. Most people who legally carry guns, follow the law. It’s sad that most criminals (Martin) do not follow the law. I feel bad for Matins parents, but ultimately if he would not have attacked someone, he would still be alive.

        • Faith Maddox

          Had Zimmerman not followed Trayvon . He would still be alive. If Trayvon attacked it was because he felt threatened. lets be real here. That child was minding b his own business. Trayvon committed no crime. But Trayvon Got followed unnecessarily by someone looking for trouble. He was killed unjustly.. Period. Close your eyes if you choose…So sad. IF that was your child you would not be so quick to make such a statement.

          • Kwame Boss

            @ Faith. The President really can’t get involve like that but I’m sure he very much support Travon. As a President he is just saying what needs to be said in a much respecful way.

          • Carlos Morales

            Minding your own business does not include physically attacking someone. That is not minding your own business. Trayvon did, regrettably, commit a crime. He physically attacked someone, the one and only crime committed that night.

      • Carlos Morales

        I have to ask; to defend himself from whom or what. To defend himself from a creepy $## white cracker following him? Zimmerman may have used bad judgement, but he broke no laws that we know of. It is not against the law to follow someone. It is not against the law to get out of his car. The real flash point of this case would be when Trayvon Martin physically attacked George Zimmerman (according to testimony). You can not physically attack someone for following you.

  • fedup

    Mr. President, I have to say… A nation of laws, we are not. The judicial system is broke, corrupted, damaged however you may need to see it! We live in a country where it’s okay for the civil and human rights, can be overlooked for a young teenager, who was profiled, stalked and menenaced before, he was gun down and left gurgling on his own blood as his perp sits and watches. A kill shot is one to the heart, I fought for this country in the Army, for a justice that is not available to me. I don’t believe in the whole riot thing, yet I will not stand by and watch one more travesty of the court of this land! I am so very much grieved and ashamed of the country that I put my life on the line for.

  • Freedom_Fighter

    If President Obama can leave one legacy for black people in America it has to be fixing the justice system. From criminal court to employers black people endure injustice. you’re right Mr. President, we are nation of laws, nation of injustice laws. The case of Trayvon Martin was easy call. I don’t how they get it wrong! I would encourage nation wide protest against the verdict and we, all justice lovers, has to stand up for Trayvon. No justice no peace!