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. Austin

    @Matt ""Honor" a kid who was acting like a thug just because if our president had a son, he would "look like him"? And not a word about George Zimmerman who was trying to watch out for his neighbors?"

    Dude, Since when is walking down the street talking on a phone considered 'acting like a thug' ? Everyone keeps talking about this mans right to 'protect' his neighborhood, what about not just this kid but any of us kids black, white, Hispanic etc. walking alone day or night? Don't we have a right to be concerned about 'The Creepy Man' following them in a car? I'm 16 years old, White and Male, I live in Tallahassee, and If it were me, I would be very concerned with some creepy dude riding around checking me out. ESPECIALLY if he gets out of the car. Just sayin.

    July 14, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. Hello

    During the 4th 9 black people were killed in Chicago... by 9 black people.. so where is the rage on that?


    Where is the rage on the murder of the black cheerleader in Chicago? The shooter was black.. no rage...WHY?

    July 14, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Name

    Way do you not show a resent pitchure of Treyvon all you show is what he looked like when he was 10 or 11. Shame on YOUALL for misleading and lieing to Everbody. You should report not make up the news

    July 14, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. joyfulmeme

    I am saddened to see the comments here in defense of George Zimmerman. How does Zimmerman get to claim self-defense when based on his own statements to the police Martin ran when he realized he was being followed by Zimmerman. Zimmerman also admitted he was running after the boy. Why did he do that? What had Martin done to be chased down by a stranger?

    It's apparent that America has become so polarized that mere facts mean nothing. Zimmerman's own statements revealed that he was the aggressor.. When Martin tried to defend himself. He was shot and killed.

    Somehow that is ok with most of you here. You blame the media; you blame the president; but you don't blame Zimmerman. How sick is all of this? A teenager is dead for no reason. This is a sad day in America and the haters can't take a deep breath long enough to reflect on what just happened here. The cold callous reactions are stunning.

    July 14, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Babs

    Zimmerman walks free before the UNJUST Judge and Jurors..But Mr Zimmerman, I am assuring u that another date is being set for u to appear before the JUST judge...GOD ALMIGHTY..and at that time JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL.....Get ready Mr. Zimmerman.

    July 14, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. Name j boy

    Polıtıcıans are thınkıng ratıonly.The lıkes of obama

    July 14, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. 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 🙁 black,white,brown,tan,pink,green,blue I don`t care what color you are .

    July 14, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Shelia

    What about gang violence Mr President where is your comment about 17-year-old Darryl Green? A black child from the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago found dead because he didn't want to join a gang...

    July 14, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. Name j boy

    Obama ıs a man of substance .so man of substance are ugly.

    July 14, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. better

    That's great Mr President, coming from you, you were the one trying to stir up racial tensions, based on your anti-white anti-American bias, when this thing began. This is a issue of crime and courts, and you did a great job to create nationwide racial strife- it's your making. Are you the founder of the Anti-Zimmeran coalition? is this some kind of morality? – or in your opinion is Zimmerman, just a token of white racism? What's your point? Your suppose to be a leader, not an agitator mal-content troublemaker. I hope you think about your behavior.

    July 14, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Romy Monteyro

    Mr. Obama, if you had not made that comment about Trayvon Martin, this case would have remained a local one. But because of your irresponsible meddling, like calling the police in Mass. stupid, this became a national issue which your idiot followers blew up as a racist thing. No president has ever done this but that is not surprising because you are not behaving like a president should. You are the result of that stupid Affirmative Action. They lowered the standard for college admission to accommodate you and your wife and look at the result! Political correctness is idiotic and wrong. iIt only produces mediocre people like you, your wife, Eric Holder and Colin Powell! A nation of law you say? So why don't you enforce the law instead of disobeying it? Hypocrite!

    July 14, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. Namemike in mi.

    Tryvon was just another black guy that thought he was a bad thug. They claim he was just a 17 year old kid. There are 17 year old kids killing people every day. The only racial profile was when he told his girl friend Zimmerman was another creepy cracker. Then we have the race mongers Jackson,Sharpton, Obama and Holder. The little thug jumped the wrong HISPANIC and ended up where he would have eventually. If Zimmerman was mixed
    black and white he would have been considered as black and it would have just been another case of black on black crime. He died from the black thug wanta be gangsta culture he grew up in.

    July 14, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. DJ

    This is what I would like to share because this is America freedom of speech correct? I am a black woman raising a black young man who is 15 years old going on 16. My son is my heart just as Trayvon was to the Martins but our so called justice system killed their son all over again and in the worst way RACISM. After hearing the verdict I was hurt because this is stating to everyone a white man has the right to carry a gun racial profile a black man then approach him but he should not do anything to protect himself just as we did many years ago. Instinct of any man is to protect himself any means necessary when someone approaches them meaning them harm holding a weapon. If this was a black man and a white young man was shot and killed you best believe the verdict would have been GUILTY 25 or 50 to life with no chance of parole. This justice system needs not to be one sided due to race and you know what else our MEDIA promotes racism because many leaders of the media atmosphere are racist and that is sad. Just know this God knows who you are we may not have power over what you say or do but GOD does and he will judge harshly. DO NOT TOUCH MY ANNOINTED MY GOD SAY!!!! Respect thy neighbor, Do not bare false witness on thy neighbor. Do you hear anything about race in any God's words? I SAY NO!!!!!

    July 14, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. Namebec

    If zimmerman hadnt followed Martín...for no reason...this would have never happened .. but zimmerman did follow him cuz he was black . Racial profiling . Puré and simple .. no racial profiling ..the kid ., regardless of heighth would have been safe at home with his skittles and soft drink ..Friggin Wake up people!

    July 14, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  15. apetra

    It's a tragedy when any young man commits an assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm. That's what the jury believed - it's the only legal grounds they could have accepted the affirmative defence (of self defence) in the state of floriday.

    July 14, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. otaycec

    I'm pleased to see Obama uphold our system of justice. Zimmerman was tried fairly. The courts found him innocent. The racist stuff from Sharpton and other bigots like the NAACP need to grow up and focus on the real problem, which is the multitude of killings of black people by black people, a far more serious issue. Politicians like Harry Reid want to make a dog and pony show out of this, but it's time to hold everyone, blacks, whites, red, yellow, and brown to the same standards. Dennis Vick got a bad deal. Three years in jail for dog fighting was over the top. Zimmerman, however, clearly had to defend his life from a violent teen. A tragedy all around.

    July 14, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. moo shoo

    I think obummer need to stick nose up someone butt and stay out of others business.obummer no good.

    July 14, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. Lee451

    Will the NAACP ask the Justice dept. to charge the jurors and defense team with civil rights violations as well?

    July 14, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. Gurgyl

    Pass Gun-Ban Laws. National dire need–this one. Then talk. Do not be sol out to NRA thugs.

    July 14, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    Omara says that his client is not a monster. No, of course no, just a murdering domestic violence cop assault racist. Yes, he's gotten away with other crimes.
    Trayvon is dead but his killer will NEVER have a day of rest in his sorry life.
    My hope is that he will go to jail for his next crime and find jail justice. A jury of his peers in this case Iis a joke. Five white women in KKK country in Florida. No men, no blacks. Justice was not served.

    July 14, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    It seems to me that everyone ignored the events that took place before the "Fight" happened..... If George Zimmerman listened to the police operator in the first place discontinued to persue him none of this would of happened.....The police would of arrived approached Trayvon or even Trayvon approaching Trayvon turned out to be a "thug "a theif "a bad young man "the person to blame for the break-ins......In Zimmerman knowing he killed a innocent boy bc he felt like playing hero cop so daddy and uncle could be proud of him...Did he ever say sorry? Did he apologize to the family? NOOOOO he stated in interviews how "It was Gods Plan now he Does not regret shooting him.......But the AWESOME thing is George will NEVER live the same life he once lived....He will not be able to sleep in peace....He will not be able to go out without looking over his shoulder...George was never worried about being convicted bc the only person who could call him out on his lies he killed......So all of this unworried weight he gained over this trial period will be lost do to stress and being worried 🙂 Justice wasnt served in the eyes of the LAW but trust & believe it will be served Geroge has to answer to someone with much greater power than 5 old white women and 1 hispanic.....

    July 14, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. Icouldbewrong

    How would this have played out if it was a Black man that shot a Hispanic teenager...

    July 14, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. mtoney

    Now that I knw my son will be a target when he leaves home..I will make sure he can protect himself and I will protect him at all cost

    July 14, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. NameTodd A

    Zimmerman president /Paula dean vice president 2016

    July 14, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. no justice

    Alot of you on here are no better than Zimmerman..I will teach my son how to defend himself against bigots like you

    July 14, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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