Obama says Martin's death a tragedy, asks nation to respect call for calm
President Barack Obama spoke about the killing of Trayvon Martin on March 23, 2012 at the White House.
July 14th, 2013
02:58 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama says Martin's death a tragedy, asks nation to respect call for calm

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called on Sunday for "calm reflection" following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The president, in a statement, acknowledged an emotionally charged climate but concluded that "we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken."

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  1. steve

    good words from a good man....the GOP ill tear this to shreds

    July 14, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. ccc

    Total Jibberish

    July 14, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. r00t4rd3d

    A gun was used in the perfect scenario in the Zimmerman situation.

    July 14, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Justice

    Why are we honoring the memory of a thug that attacked a neighborhood watch member that was watching him, and was justly put down like the rabid animal he was for his crime of assault with intent to kill? Smashing someone into a sidewalk repeatedly while saying, "You're going to die tonight" is the act of an animal, pure and simple. Justice was served, then and yesterday when Zimmerman was acquitted and Martin was found guilty of assault.

    July 14, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. John

    The death of Trayvon was a tragedy. The vilification of Zimmerman was also a tragedy. The altering of 911 tapes by the press was perhaps the greatest tragedy. Zimmerman should start suing them all.

    July 14, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Bazinga

    I"m an Obama supporter, but he needs to keep out of local crimes like this, its inappropriate for his office and he's done it a couple of times now....
    He elevated it to a political and civil rights case!

    July 14, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Joe

    Says the guy who just sent 20 more dones to bomb villages in Afghanistan.

    July 14, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Common Sense

    Why should we honor the memory of a thug? Are we really lacking in people we should "honor" ? Why don't we try anyone who lifted a finger to make our world a better place before we start honoring the memories of people who attack others as a way to resolve conflict.

    July 14, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Ian

    "We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this."

    Answer: Teach children not to physically attack anyone. Appropriate responses to being followed include running, calling 911, asking someone for help, calling a parent or other trusted adult. I am pretty sure TM has a cell phone that worked in the area in which he died.

    July 14, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Obama should be asking himself: Am I doing all I can to fix this economy?

    July 14, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Biased1

    - "That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin."
    Mr. President, what's the deal with honoring a criminal? Now that the jury has spoken and Mr. Zimmerman found NOT guilty we can confidently say that T. Martin caused this incident.

    July 14, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Seidan1

    This is pathetic. This case was not about gun rights or gun violence. The fact that he is trying to use incident to push his anti-gun agenda is disgraceful.

    July 14, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Bianca Benson

    I think, as a President, this was a pretty neutral statement. Even if he did or did not agree with the verdict, the JURY decided the fate of Zimmerman, and all we can do is respect it and learn from it.

    July 14, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Mark Richardson

    President Obama started his statement quite well.
    But then... well.. he had to go political and start pushing his agenda again.
    Ah well. I'm good clear up to " We should ask Ourselves"

    July 14, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Name Peter Cochran

    I do not think it fitting for the President to comment and certainly not use the phrase Honour......

    July 14, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Way too late Barack....

    July 14, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. r00t4rd3d

    Like what this lying, Constitutional violator has any credit with anyone.

    July 14, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. BK

    "We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this."

    Teach your children not to be thugs. Teach them not to get themselves in a situation where someone has to use a gun in self defense against them. Typical political nonsense. Never assign blame where it should. Always place the blame with it fits best politically.

    July 14, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Tony Hopp

    Why do we need to honor Trayvon Martin? He attacked Zimmerman. Unfortunately for him, Zimmerman had a gun. The jury obviously felt the killing was in self-defense. So why would we honor Martin? Just because he was black?

    July 14, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. VirtualInsanity

    "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." (especially in Black communities) I know he cannot say that as the POTUS, but that would have driven the point home. And before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, I'm a Black woman that wants my community to step up, be outraged at gun violence (Black on Black crimes) all the time, take responsibility and make a change. Heartfelt prayers to the Martin family.

    July 14, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Richard

    Where was this speech when so many were killed in Chicago during 4th of July? This man is an attention hound.

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. billbfit

    Do we honor all who assault others?

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. John Barbee

    Since too many so-called civil rights leaders and a willing media are using this case to inflame racial and politic strife, it’s time to set aside sympathy for Martin and his family. Our leaders must speak the blunt and honest truth – based on the facts presented at trial.

    Martin caused his own death by assaulting another person.

    Maybe Martin thought Zimmerman was a sexual deviant. Maybe he became angry thinking he was racially profiled. Regardless, Martin assaulted Zimmerman and had he lived, Martin likely would have been charged with assault and battery.

    CNN commentators and guests claiming Martin was gunned for no reason, armed with nothing but skittles and tea, are purposefully ignoring the FACTS and dangerously feeding the flames of racial animosity.

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. pat

    Why don't you start in Chicago or Oakland...big dummy!

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Blue

    How can you honor a young man that tried to do bodily harm to another man?

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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