President Obama just a few minutes ago issued a statement. President Obama spoke on the verdict of Zimmerman being acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Many Americans were disappointed with the juror’s decision and have begin to organize protests and marches around the nation. The NAACP has launched an investigation to determine if Trayvon Martin’s civil rights were breached.
Rumors circulated early this morning that President Obama had filed for federal charges against Zimmerman. However, it appears to be only a rumor, as the President has just spoken on the matter.
Sources citing that President Obama filed for federal charges are nothing more than rumors on conservative sites and blogs.
The only federal charges that are being sought are those by the NAACP who are investigating to see if Trayvon Martin’s rights were violated.
Here is President Obama’s full statement:
“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.”
-Kelly J Newson