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. just sayin

    our justice system worked. people can still defend themselves when attacked by thugs like trayvon martin. if he felt truly afraid of that "crazy ass cracker" he would have been running as fast and as far from him as possible. he could have easily made it home. instead he laid in wait to attack zimmerman and tried to kill him. he got what he deserved.

    July 14, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. SharonM

    If people think Trayvon was a thug then they have no idea what a thug really is. He was not gang affiliated. He was never even arrested in his life. He wasn't robbing and killing people. There are kids black and white he has done way more wrong then what Trayvon ever did. He is being labeled a thug simply because he is black. The only thug is Zimmerman. Going around with a gun and confronting an unarmed child and then having the audacity to kill the child for no reason.

    July 14, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. SDG

    Tradegy? It wasn't a gun that killed Trayvon. It was his thugarilcous attitude toward the world. He was arrogant, aggressive, drug-induced & thought he could just walk around and beat up the world. The scary part? He was only 17. The president should have never opened his mouth about Trayvon in the first place. He should keep it shut now.

    July 14, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Namenena

    Just cause he was black that makes him a thug Im sorry but half you white people still races grow up we all bleed the same

    July 14, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Cold freezer

    No one asked his opinion. And I sure don't care. I was disgusted when he made his first remark tainting the whole jury pool. Not sure if the president is aware of this or not but in our country you are innocent until proven guilty.

    July 14, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. George

    Worthless president, worthless words. Zimmerman is a hero and Trayvon is a racist drug addicted thug! Period!

    July 14, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Blah

    Doesn't he have anything better to do than comment upon what really is a minor trial in some Florida backwater? Oh, I don't know how about working on that whole economy or Middle East thingie?

    July 14, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. James

    I thought the trials like this was to prove that Zimmerman shot the kid. Not why, who, or what? But that he did it. Period. For all those people reading this. Ask yourself this question, what would you do if someone thought you looked suspicious, and began to wrestle with you. Are you not going to fight back? So now my question is this. WHO WAS DEFENDING THEMSELVES FIRST? Travon or Zimmermin? Because I bet Trayvon was whopping that butt, so Zimmerman punked up and shot the kid.

    July 14, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Jackie

    Young people are killed everyday. I know a black kid has killed a white kid. Nobody called racism! I think a certain population needs to stop crying wolf. If you want people to listen don't call racism on EVERYTHING that happens. At a company I work at. A driver, who happens to be black, wasn't doing his job, a truck driver, was late and his loads many times, or would refuse to do a load. So he would get talked to. And each time he would say " your just talking to me because I am black.". That wasn't even it. HE WASN'T DOING HIS FREAKING JOB!!! Race had nothing to do with it.

    July 14, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. marty in MA

    I wasn't there, but can guess that there was wrondoing on both parts that escalated to the killing.
    What a shame.

    July 14, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Dan Slaby

    Beyond a reasonable doubt is a good standard for a jury determination; the problem is that if you are black most people believe that you're what you have to say is doubtful or that your innocence is doubtful. The fact that Trayvon threw a punch makes him guilty of defending himself, but that Zimmerman shot his gun makes him standing his ground in defense of being afraid of a teenager without a gun.

    July 14, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Fact Finder

    The POTUS is no more a black man than Zimmerman is a white man. He comments are well focused not bias. You can not harass someone and not expect a response as a trained and licensed gun carrier the shot did not have to be lethal. That was a shot full of hatred. if im wrong someone please correct me

    July 14, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Howard

    NO MIr. President. You are only half right. And being half right tells an incomplete picture. Do not singularly place the brunt of future concerns on the citizens on the United States, when the justice system protects the guilty and abandons the rights of the innocent. I DO NOT RESPECT THE DECISION. That is like asking us to respect the decision of Emmett Till in 1955, or of other civil right situations done to harm the dignity of black citizens where whites walked away guiltless. You are not being completely fair. While it is our responsibility to stem the tide of gun violence by acting in a coordinated manner with civic organizations to protect the rights of the innocent, IT IS FURTHERMORE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THESE UNITED STATES TO MAKE SURE ALL IS DOING RIGHT, WELL AND FAIR, EVEN WITHIN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. I have a question for you Mr. President. What are you doing to reverse the wrong, in spite of a incompetent jury? Are you doing all you can do? If you are not doing all you can do in addressing this situation, then don't ask us to do a thing.

    July 14, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. On Target

    You have no right to voice any opinion in a one man issue Mr. President...

    July 14, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Constance

    Obama should ask himself whether he did all he could to inflame the Zimmerman case early on.

    July 14, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Kona

    Meanwhile, blacks will continue to kill blacks and the media, the President, the NAACP, the celebrities will all be silent.

    July 14, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Postmaster23

    Really, Mr. President, really? I expect, no DEMAND, the next time a young or old soldier is killed or any one is shot, stabbed, beaten to death, you stand before America and tell us it is a tragedy, and the person could have been your son or daughter. You, sir, singlehandedly have caused more racial strife than any before you.

    July 14, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Hector

    Shame on you Mr President.You had publicly convicted George Zimmerman before the man ever went to trial.

    July 14, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. MPJ

    This is why we have juries, it may not be the outcome you wanted, but regardless of the outcome it is still the best justice in the world. This may ne a shock to a lot of people because Nanct Grace, Al sharpton and many others in the media had already convicted Zimmerman, and portrayed Martin as an angel.

    July 14, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Pablo

    Everyone needs to stop whining over this. It's over. Lesson learned. Don't want your kid dead? Don't let him walk to the grocery store in the middle of the night.

    July 14, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Lee

    Its Amazing how evil and racist alot of people in America can be.

    July 14, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Taylor

    Obama should not have gotten involved. It shows his prejudice and bias. That he is racially bias himself. He should have respected the legal system and kept his mouth shut. I am ashamed of him for that. If the whites or the Latinos threw a fit everytime something happened to one of the people of their color then it would be nothing but a constant fit. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson need to stop whining ALL THE TIME and causing trouble. And the media should keep its bias two cents out of it. It doesn't seem to matter to anyone that Martin was beating the hell of Zimmerman and even the states witnesses said it.....all the evidence pointed to it what happened and because he was black people are throwing a fit. Had that been a latino against latino it would not have made the news....white against white....no news...black against black which happens every single day here in Washington DC and it is only a blip. You certainly do not see the NAACP screaming. But let someone defend themselves against a black and the one defending is not...and all hell breaks loose. I hope Zimmerman sues all the news channels if for nothing else than continually showing a pic of Martin as a 12 yr old and making it worse rather than showing him as he looks at 17. That is where the injustice is....I am so sick of it....

    July 14, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Zar

    First the Gore vs Bush voting counts , then Casey Anthony, and now this? I don't get these people!

    July 14, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. vinster76

    how many black people in Chicago have to die by violence before he speaks up in earnest.....??? So shallow, and narcissistic....

    July 14, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Numenius

    I support the calls for compassion and sympathy for Zimmerman. He was attacked, feared for his life, and defended himself within his legal and moral right to do so. It doesnt matter who was what color.

    July 14, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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