President Obama shares thoughts on Trayvon Martin case
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President Obama shares thoughts on Trayvon Martin case

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Mar 24, 2012 at 1:25 PM PDT
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President Obama recently shared his thoughts publicly on the Trayvon Martin case.

President Obama came up with a highly personal statement regarding the Trayvon Martin case, saying, 'If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."

Trayvon Martin, a black teenager from Florida, was shot dead by a white male, who was the captain of a neighborhood watch team. The name of the captain was George Zimmerman, and he killed Trayvon Martin for apparently no good reason. He saw Trayvon Martin coming out of a shop, wearing a hoodie, and he called 911 and told the dispatcher that a suspicious male was in that area. He then started running after Martin and the two ended up in a scuffle. Shortly after that, a gunshot was heard and the neighbors in that area called 911 and reported Martin's death.

George Zimmerman was not arrested on the grounds of self-defense, whereas neighbors had some other story to tell. The law that supports Zimmerman is called "Stand Your Ground", and now people from all over the country are vying for its abolishment.

President Obama was careful not to voice his opinion on the conduct of the shooter, or on any legal aspect of the case as he does not want to taint the investigation. “The attorney general reports to me so I’ve got to be careful about my statements to make sure that we’re not impairing any investigation,” he said. He added, “It is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together — federal, state and local — to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.” People should “examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident,” he said.



Martin’s parents said that Obama’s public identification with their son carried huge symbolic importance. “The president's personal comments touched us deeply,” they said. The remarks “made us wonder: If his son looked liked Trayvon and wore a hoodie, would he be suspicious too?”

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