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
8 years 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. Jeff

    Now, if they would just release all the info about Treyvon that the Judge refused to allow at trial...(like...did Treyvon have pot in his system at the time of his death.....was he a troubled kid who was suspended from School, and was he on Twitter weeks before his death bragging about getting in fights and wanting to buy a gun). Maybe the uneducated will see that Treyvon wasn't exactly the "innocent" kid the media showed him to be. Then again...maybe they wont.

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. sandy

    If the president wants to deal with gun violence maybe they should start in "gun free zones" such as Chicago and Detroit.

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Confused

    I am confused. Why are we honoring a Thug? How about the mans life that has been ruined by a trial that never should have happened?

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. BL

    Not once in this statement did the POTUS mention, rule of law, proof of evidence, or Zinnerman's right to live his life as an American who was proven innocent based on his peers seeing the entire picture. It is a shame POTUS mentions Martin, but fails to mention both sides objectively as a leader. This proves he is scared and remains sidebared by his ideology.

    Btw Mr. President this was not gun violence, it was self defense. Not only are you a shiddy Constitutional lawyer, but a worst criminal attorney.

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Shannon Rocks

    Elizabeth Morris that makes no sense. George Zimmerman got his justice through a jury verdict. The system provided that. He is a free man, but even innocent of a crime, the fact remains that the killing of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. For what, exactly, are you saddling President Obama and America with shame?

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Mike

    gun control? what a despicable statement. Way to take advantage of a tragedy to promote a political agenda..

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Jamesking101

    "The numbers alone are enough to make me cry — to wonder why — we as African Americans will march en masse over one slain by someone who is not black, and yet sit silent over the hundreds of thousands of us obliterated from this mortal world by someone black like us, like me. It is a numbing truth borne out by hard facts:

    From 1980 through 2008, 93 percent of black victims were killed by blacks.

    Translation: For every Trayvon Martin killed by someone not black, nine other blacks were murdered by someone black." – JOHN W. FOUNTAIN ( Chicago Suns times )

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. NorCalMojo

    Addressing it, but avoiding the racial angle entirely.

    Well played.

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Fauge

    I'm sorry people don't like the facts. Fact is that the only law broken that night was when Trayvon Martin hit Zimmerman.
    People may not like this but you can not change the FACTS. I he had engaged in a conversation and not a fight he would be alive today. Why would the POTUS ask that the only law breaker be honored. Feel sympathy for him and his family yes but honor him I think not.

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. zachary

    Maybe violent video games may be one of the reasons. Gun control won't work. People are still going to use other weapons.

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Marc

    Stupefying, Mr. President. Not a word for Mr. Zimmerman. Not a word about the thug/gangsta culture you've endorsed with, for example, the hosting of hip-hop thugs at the WH. Not a word confronting the racism of Jackson and Sharpton...and their part in whipping up the black community into a frenzy.

    Well done.

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. maestra730

    Why on earth does a violent 17-year-old deserve to be honored? And why is our President once again sticking his big, biased nose into things? As usual, Barack Obama cannot resist using every opportunity to yank the spotlight back onto himself. What a compete embarrassment he is.

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Kim

    Why should compassion be felt for Zimmerman ? He is a cold blooded murderer!!!

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. name

    @ obama : Shutup and fix the NSA... Until then, you have no credibility.

    July 14, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. sally

    Obama's statement reflects his depth of understanding of our laws and of the suffering of the victim's parents...all parents for that matter. This could happen to anybody...white or black and that is the message he offers about gun violence.

    July 14, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. hjc

    Mr. President –

    1. We do not need to honor Trayvon Martin. That's just ridiculous.
    2. This was a political football of a trial. Time to end the farce.
    3. This was more about about crime than gun violence.
    4. It's not ok to call white people "Cracker" .

    July 14, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Tom

    I was a supporter of the President. But I really do not understand why he would issue a statement on this verdict. His statement is not clear and seems to be an opportunity for him to make a political issue out of this tragedy. To be clear, this was a tragic case that was fairly put in front of our legal system and decided – case closed. This was more of an indictment of the new media and people like Al Sharpton trying to create a race issue out of this.The media loves a villain and race issues, enough to create them.

    July 14, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. tony

    Dear gun lovers. If you truly believe that "guns don't kill people" then the 2nd amend is obviously completely unnecessary.

    Y"all can overthrow tyranny with your bare hands.

    July 14, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Gurgyl

    Pass Gun-Ban Laws. This nation's dire need is this Gun-Ban laws. Period.

    July 14, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. U.S. Citizen

    From someone that has a complete disregard for the impartiality of Equal Enforcement of the Rule of Law.
    His statement is again divisive and fails to unit our Nation.
    His 2008 assertion that he is a community organizer is apparently true. He has been organizing derision, divisiveness, and malice.

    July 14, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. Jenny

    The Zimmerman verdict just proves that as long as murderers do it right, they get away with it. This is an outrage!
    Can people just stop saying that the United States has the best criminal justice system?
    I agree with our President when he says we as a community need to visit the topic on gun violence. Changes need to take place. I am in total disagreement with how easy people can lawfully own and carry a gun in this country. And specifically in Florida, that anyone can just kill someone else and call it self defense?

    July 14, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. SJusticeS

    The Chicago thug leader{your President} has no reason to bring his two cents into this case other than to race bait along with the other Racist-hate-mongers,a.k.a. Sharpton and Jackson.You had your O.J. moment in the sun.So crawl back under your rocks and dream up some other nonexitent Twanna Brawley travesty.Losers always hate those who make a wise decision.

    July 14, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Patrick

    The lack of respect and compassion for others is part of what's wrong with society. Too many people act on emotion while ignoring logic and common sense. It's like a virus. Our government is no role model either as they carry out drone strikes which kill innocent men, women and children in the middle of the night... A 16 year old American born in Colorado was murdered in Yemen by an American Drone strike which was authorized by the president himself, but we don't hear about that in the media. Police kill unarmed children and family pets way to frequently and they don't even offer an apology in most cases.

    A violent government along with a media and music industry promoting violence breeds a violent society... If we want change, we need to start fixing the problem from the top down... We should shun those in the movie and music industry who glorify murder, violence, gangsterism and greed... We should shun those in government who think it's ok to kill innocent people via drone strikes. They are all a big part of the problem! Stop the hypocrisy and call the hypocrites out. Stop being victims of social engineering and stop allowing the media to manipulate society in negative ways. What do you think the word "program" in Television program means? Think for yourself instead accepting the "program"...

    July 14, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Name

    As horrid as this is how does this get to this level of attention and protection yet casey anthony was getting money offers and borderline witness protection service?

    July 14, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Name justice served

    Justice was served like it or not. When o j was aquited no one said lets start civil disturbance/riots or go after O j. The race card is played out get a life people. It's called reverse discrimination and I'm Latino.

    July 14, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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