Obama reacts to Zimmerman verdict

2014 State of the union address

After being quite passionate about the Trayvon Martin case last year, President Barack Obama has resigned himself to a calmer approach in the days following George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict.

Shortly after the teen was killed in February 2012, Obama said plainly if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon. It was an uncommon glimpse into his opinions on race as the country’s first Black president. Now, however, Obama has asked the public to respect the Florida jury’s decision.

In a brief statement, Obama said, “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.”

Attorney General Eric Holder has called Martin’s death a “tragic, unnecessary shooting” and is currently determining whether there is sufficient evidence to support criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman. More than 17,000 people had signed a White House petition supporting Department of Justice charges, according to the Associated Press.

What do you think about the president’s reaction to the Zimmerman verdict?