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. charles

    I can still hear the 911 call being tape being during the hearing, where George says, "they always get away with it!", and the tape that was played with the 911 operator saying, "Go back to your car!". George Zimmerman was determined to do something and stalked that young man.
    George couldn't wait for the police to arrive, he was determined to act on his own, even though he hadn't seen Trayvon doing anything illegal.
    And do it, he did!! Quick thinker, isn't George. Bad chronic liar but quick thinker!

    July 14, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Name

    Leadership without hypocracy... Do as I do... Nothing... I get the feelling it would be significantly more words if it were campaign season, to the same result, nothing... I never expected such benign leadership... An actual Saul of the Old Testament... David, faithful of God, you are sought. Moreso, you Lord God

    July 14, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Otis

    How many more days till this knucklehead vacates 'our' house?

    July 14, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. lesson learned

    Every Florida citizen should own and carry a gun to protect themselves from thugs like Trayvon Martin. Don't a martyr to the far left wing agenda of honoring criminals and taking your right of self defense away. If the citizens of Chicago could defend themselves against the criminals terrorizing that city, the problem would get solved very quickly.

    July 14, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Armine

    Why does everything need to be about race? Zimmerman is Hispanic but he's been labeled a white Hispanic and that is really offensive and just plain dumb

    July 14, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. jim

    Without the gun, this would just be another unsolved murder of a Latino.

    July 14, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. MaryM

    Wow, the haters are out in force today. You know all that hate will eat you up inside

    July 14, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. ian

    I guess according to some GZ should have let the man (yes, I said man) beat his head into the concrete. At least then this would be a non-story with the media. Unless GZ was black of course....then it is outrage.

    July 14, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Name

    It`s crazy how people judge you by just one look! Judging the cover of the book without reading it first ! What a crazy world we live in 🙁

    July 14, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Robert Miller

    Awesome job Obama make a public statement about the Martin case but don't say anything about the 19 firefighters that passed away in Arizona, lower the flag half-mast for them, say anything about Chris Kyle or lower the flag half-mast for him. His priorities always amaze me.

    July 14, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Joseph pam

    The judment has some elements of racism. Zimmerman should be dead honest to his conscience. There is no black or white man before God. We're all equal.

    July 14, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Fred

    Funny how haters keep trying to pretend the country doesn't want Obama anymore. We elected him- twice. We love him and support him and wish the GOP would get out his way.

    July 14, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Ghost man

    Nobody with any sense is going to let someone beat the crap of them and not stop it of they can. Zimmermans picture looked like he had be on a car wreck.

    July 14, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Christopher Williams

    How can you put Mr. Vick in jail for three years for killing a dog but release Zimmerman for killing a human? White America has made their statement. Now that we are educated we need to make ours.

    July 14, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. darth's daughter

    Yes we are a nation of laws, but apparently some individuals including politicians are above the law, (ex. back door banking for free political gifts) and that is the reality of the United States of America currently.

    July 14, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Joust

    No gun = Zimmerman dead
    2016 = No Obama

    July 14, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Our rights are: lay your hands on me with threat I have the RIGHT to defend myself any means possible ............ Attitude is what lost a life that night nothing else

    July 14, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    This president has a proven history of changing or ignoring laws as he sees fit. He is not a leader and I am tired of him making comments on every issue.

    July 14, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Stockland

    Prosecutions Material misrepresentations against Zimmermen not to mention the theatrics...WEAK... the jury saw through the prosecutions rolling story....not to mention Obama chiming in....that gets a Presidential WEAK

    July 14, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Jim

    In all likelihood, if Zimmerman hasn't shot Martin, he would have died instead in a clear-cut case of murder. Would that have been okay, because Zimmerman doesn't look like Obama's hypothetical son?

    Zimmerman is not a racist, but the president is.

    July 14, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Tracy

    Why is it that people believe the media has told them everything about this trial and they can form a verdict based on what they have "heard" in the media? I am so sick of race riots because of people believing the media has told them everything - verdict is in, whether we like it or not. Time to move on to the next big thing... I am sure there will be some other racially charged event that happens in the next couple days that the media will "tell all" about so that it can be judged in the media and not in the courtroom.

    July 14, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Mario

    There are hundreds of murders each day, how come he's not talking about the other ones?
    Barack Husein needs to stop discriminating

    July 14, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Jubei

    Exactly as he said. We are a Nation of Law. The jury has spoken. All the evidence has been presented. The jury took their time to carefully study the facts and made the decision. Lets move on and shame on people that are suggesting violence or revenge because of this trial.

    July 14, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. NC

    So much hate and anger from some of you. Pray for both families because they need it now more than the hate and anger displayed from some of your comments.

    July 14, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. joe

    He should have given a speech on how he should have kept his mouth shut about the case until he knew all the facts. He's the one who fueled the racial fire with his "If I had a son, he'd look just like Travon Martin."

    The statement had point whatsoever other than rabble rousing. And now he's telling the same people to be calm.

    July 14, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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