Obama Asks for 'Calm Reflection' In Wake of Zimmerman Verdict
President Obama has issued a statement in the wake of Saturday night's jury decision that acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.
In a case that drew national media scrutiny for over a year, Zimmerman was found not guilty by six jurors on the second day of deliberation. "For Trayvon to rest in peace, we must all be peaceful," said Martin's family attorney, Benjamin Crump, after the verdict was read.
The president appeared to echo that sentiment in a Sunday statement. "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," Obama said.
The full text from the president's statement is below:
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.