President Barack Obama weighed in on the “tragedy” of Trayvon Martin’s death last week, saying it is “absolutely imperative” that all levels of government investigate “every aspect” of how the unarmed boy was shot.
“I can only imagine what these parents are going through,” Obama said, adding “When I think about this boy I think about my own kids.”
“I am glad that not only is the Justice Department is looking into this, but the Governor of the State of Florida has put together a task force [to investigate the case],” Obama said. Obama carefully avoided any discussion of George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, and has controversially avoided arrest under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense laws.
“My main message is to the parents: If I had a son he’d 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.”