President Obama Reacts to George Zimmerman Verdict, Urges Public to "Honor Trayvon Martin"

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The George Zimmerman verdict is in.

And so is a palpable sense around the nation that the man who was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin may himself be in trouble.

Numerous reactions over Twitter and other social networks warn Zimmerman to watch his back.

Will someone's idea of vigilante justice lead to another lost life in this case?

Clearly afraid of just such an outcome, President Barack Obama took the unusual step today of an issuing a statement in reaction to the verdict.

"The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy," Obama said. "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."

He continued, addressing citizens around the nation: "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."

Do you think the jury made the right call in the George Zimmerman verdict?

 

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I CNT IMAGEN MY BABY BEING SHOT BUT HIS PARENT WAS AT TRILE EVERY DAY WHERE WAS THEY WHEN HE HAD TO WALK TO GET "CANDYS" NO...REALLY AGAIN TO THE FAM VERY SRRY FOR UR LOST.I do not understand....this is what makes me racist it is very sad a a young man died but look at the FOOLS N THE STREETS, whats up with that there acting a fool an just making people like me become racist, look how there acting, if it wasnt white on black we would not be still talking about it now!!! And that is the truth.

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@ lisa

Then VOTE when it comes time!

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I wish Obama would talk about all the fun violence in his hometown Chicago. Clean up your own porch

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Mr. President, please don't let this get swept under the rug, help bring Justice to this world, Look at the History of Fla., when it comes to hurt n Black People, heck, Look at the History of America U got Superman cape < Use it, Thank YOU...

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@ Ronnie+Armstead

Obviously you're an idiot if you believe that the figure head President has a "Superman cape" being that any new law has to go through Congress first.

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this was a justified verdict. zimmerman never should have been tried in court. the guy was innocent from day one. blacks should accept this as a proper verdict and behave.

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Worthless nig-gers....smelly f-n faggotz

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If protestors want to march so be it, but its stupid when the destroy innocent people property.And i am sick of the racecard being used.Blacks have it easier in America then latins or asians.Blacks just thnk everyone wants to attack them due to color yet when table turn they r racist too toward gays,latins,asians..

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@ ken

ken you are absolutely correct. blacks just like to complain. let them move back to africa and see how they behave. we make it too easy for them in america.

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Why isnt the media showing updated pics of Treyvon or lettn the public know his parent got a million bucks for his death and Trey didnt even live with them.They kicked him out cuz he was violent and hard to control.And the jury got it rite.

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@ Kenny

They choose photos of years past because the American Media is producing its own reality show- IT'S CALLED- White America and how they have become puppets.

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what's the deal, he only wanted to protect his family from being murdered by a seventeen year old unarmed boy.

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It's no surprise that everyone is so upset. I would be as well if I was a person blinded by information given by the major news networks. We live in a land where a Nancy Grace will say that a person is innocent until proven guilty and after the commercial she immediately proceeds to accuse him of being guilty. NBC edited 911 tapes TWICE in 2012! The lead prosecutor Angela Corey withheld evidence then fired her employee for blowing the whistle on this injustice- that was this week. Zimmerman had a bounty put out on his head and the hand out flyers to prove it handed out by the Black Panthers and the DOJ refused to make an arrest. Again- in a land where an American is innocent until proven guilty. This case has been the most uncivilized, dirtiest, inhuman display I have ever seen. OJ and Casey Anthony was nothing compared to the 14 months Zimmerman was under house arrest. Americans most hated man they say.... And it was bought and payed for by the American Media. A travesty and the media helped develop the Zimmerman supporters by way of their obvious bias. The trashing of Zimmerman is what got my attention and their hypocrisy is why I was in his corner.

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Actually it's total appalling that Obama would even mention this case! Just like it was appalling that he mentioned how stupid the Boston police dept. was to arrest the Harvard professor outside his home. Obama wants to be a civil rights leader and he is an embarrassment as a president. The more time goes by I think he along with the mainstream media wants to historically change the world with a civil rights extravaganza they want to take the legs out from under American tradition on everything. Obama is like a guy who doesn't want to anything but play Homerun Derby! Not get dirty or run the bases just go for the big shot! He wants to be in the highlight tapes!

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