President Speaks Up for Trayvon Martin
Posted on Mar 23, 2012
It happened nearly a month ago, and his alleged killer has yet to be arrested, but Trayvon Martin’s cause made it to the White House on Friday, as President Obama took the time during a news conference in the Rose Garden to pay tribute to the slain Florida teen and reaffirm the call for justice.
Video of President Obama’s comments follows the excerpt below. —KA
“Political Hotsheet” at CBS News:
Mr. Obama said he is glad the Justice Department is investigating the shooting and that Florida Gov. Rick Scott formed a task force in response to the incident as well. The president suggested he was sympathetic to suspicion that the shooting may have been racially motivated.
“You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Mr. Obama said.
“All of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen,” he continued. “And that means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.”