President Obama Issues Statement Regarding Verdict In Trayvon Martin Case

President Obama issues statement on Trayvon MartinPresident Barack Obama issued a statement after the verdict was rendered in the Trayvon Martin case. The 17-old was unarmed when he was shot and killed.

The accused was found not guilty by 6 jurors in Sanford, Fla. on yesterday, July 13.  The verdict has left many angered and saddened.  Some have likened the case and its result to that of Emmitt Till. President Obama issued his statement today.

Here is the statement from President Obama in its entirety:

“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.”

Trayvon Martin shooting -President Obama issues statement

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