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Obama Responds to the Zimmerman Trial Verdict


George Zimmerman has been in the national spotlight for almost a year and a half, and after more than 16 hours of deliberation, a Florida jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder, claiming that he shot 17-year-old Martin in self-defense.

It's been a controversial case, particularly because after the February 2012 shooting, it took 44 days for Sanford Police to decide whether or not to arrest Zimmerman. Martin's family spoke out, calling for justice, and even Presiden Obama addressed the case during a news conference before an arrest had been made. Today, Obama responded to the Zimmerman verdict, saying, "The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin."

The details of the Zimmerman case have been highly publicized in the past few weeks, with the monthlong trial streaming live and protestors speaking out on behalf of both Martin and Zimmerman. Since the verdict was announced, Rihanna, Lena Dunham, and other celebrities have chimed in with their opinions on the case.

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Gilbert14728531 Gilbert14728531 3 years
Neighborhood watch rules are RULES, not LAWS! Ignoring them is LEGAL Getting out of your car and following someone is LEGAL, it is not stalking Police dispatchers are not COPS! Ignoring their instructions is LEGAL! Carrying a concealed weapon with a permit is LEGAL! Stopping someone to ask them what they are doing is LEGAL! Being a wannabe cop is LEGAL! Racial profiling by CITIZENS is LEGAL! It's the Cops that aren't allowed to do it. Defending yourself when someone is sitting on your chest beating the hell out of you is LEGAL! George Zimmerman did nothing illegal, broke no laws, and committed NO CRIME! Which is what the jury found! Martin racially profiled George Zimmerman calling him a "Cracker". Martin could have ignored Zimmerman, walked away and went home. Nothing was stopping him from doing it. If Zimmerman was pointing a gun at Martin, why would he attack him? It would be suicidal. The witness closest to the scene and with the best view, testified under oath, he saw Martin on top of Zimmerman punching him. The coroner testified there were no marks on Martin's body except for the gunshot wound. Zimmerman never laid a finger on him Trayvon Martin punched, attacked, knocked to the ground, and beat up George Zimmerman without provocation simply because he was annoyed with him. He had NO LEGAL RIGHT to attack him and beat him up. That is illegal and the crime of Aggravated Assault.
Mommymar1 Mommymar1 3 years
As a victim of a very brutal gang rape in a foreign country as a teen I have very strong feelings in terms of these types of brutalities...now as a single mother of a young son, I've raised him with an awareness that danger is real and present and we need to be very aware of our surroundings and those that we come into contact with, unlike the way my parents raised me as a child of the 70's (just LUV one and other and everything will be peaceful) while that is a nice sentiment it's not enough in the world we live in today. That being said, if my son was stocked and approached as was Treyvon, I know he would defend himself exactly like Treyvon, I've taught him never to be taken by anyone in their car, that u fight for ur life, once ur in the psychos car odds are ur not going to survive, even if u have real danger of being killed Uve got a better chance of survival on ur own turf. I know I'm not the only parent who's taught their child these facts, and to think that poor teen could've been thinking those same things, and simply been trying to save himself from the "big bad wolf"...and this IDIOT who clearly has no power in his personal life walks around with a gun feeling like a "bad ass" and has such a narrow perspective on the world hunts down an innocent child who was merely going for a snack, and had every right to be where he was! And is murdered! Yes murdered! Merely because he was young and black.... and that pathetic excuse for a man George Zimmerman, an ignorant fool who couldnt get the job of his dreams, decides to take the law in his own hands, and started playing cops and robbers! Sick! Truly sick! This was NOT justice...I can only hope that puke is haunted 24/7...either way he will always be stuck with the knowledge he's a liar, and a murderer, and the judgement will come, if not in this life, in the next!!! If it was my caucasian son who had been murdered by a black man in the exact same situation I can say with certainty that the outcome would've been very different!!! And that makes me sick...
Beloved2 Beloved2 3 years
Beautiful sentiments from President Barack Obama.
dandd dandd 3 years
WTF! Zimmerman should be in jail. Such corruption is disgusting!
Kathy14559712 Kathy14559712 3 years
horace @ 07/14/2013 at 2:11 am Zimmerman will hurt someone again. “God's plan” my backside. Zimmerman is a violent dweeb who thinks he is in Street Combat or something. Sad — but true. I'm glad I don't live down there. I can't imagine how black parents teach there kids about living now. Can't. EVEN. Imagine. What They Say. @reply | Flag This Pages: « 1 [2] Show All
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