President Obama on Sunday called the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin a “tragedy” and urged calm one day after shooter George Zimmerman was acquitted, saying that American was a “nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.”
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America,” said Obama in a statement.
“I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher,” he continued. “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.”