Pres. Obama Comments on Trayvon Martin Case
Matt | On 26, Mar 2012
The White House has broken its silence on the highly-controversial shooting death case of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.
President Obama commented on the case from the Rose Garden on Friday. Here’s what he had to say:
“Obviously this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. When I think about this boy I think about my own kids and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why 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.
I’m glad that not only the Justice Department is looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what is taking place.
I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this happened. That means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.
But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon. If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we will get to the bottom of exactly what happened.” [SOURCE]
As I suspected, President Obama had been keeping quiet about the case because of too much comment can impair the legal proceedings. There seems to be a push from some who have been following the story that the president wasn’t doing enough.
That’s an unfair judgment, in my opinion.
When there is an ongoing investigation and potential legal ramifications (i.e., a trial) that could result from this, the president has to walk a fine line. As he said, the U.S. attorney general reports to him. This is another gray area because the Justice Department is the entity that moved the case forward when the Sanford Police Department sat idle.
Whether or not you think that George Zimmerman deserves a fair trial, an impartial jury of his peers will still have to be picked. At this point, to serve Trayvon with the justice he deserves, people need to be as cautious as possible before expecting everyone to say what they really feel.
I am glad, however, that the president is being somewhat vocal about the cold-blooded murder of Trayvon Martin. It is truly a sad and senseless case.