President Obama spoke out for the first time on Friday about the fatal shooting of an unarmed 17-year-old African-American boy named Trayvon Martin, calling it a "tragedy."The statement came hours after further protests in Sanford, FL.
"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Mr. Obama said from the White House Rose Garden.
The president said the incident makes him think of his own children. He said Martin's parents "are right to expect that all of us as Americans are gonna take this with the seriousness that it deserves, and we're going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened."
“I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this happened,” Obama said, according to Time.com.The soul-searching could extend to reviewing the Stand Your Ground law that has been misused as a defense of vigilantism. The co-author of the Stand Your Ground law has publicly stated that George Zimmerman, murderer of 17 yo Martin, "has no protection under my law. This law is for law-abiding citizens. Zimmerman negated his immunity under the law by chasing Martin".
Gov. Rick Scott has asked State Attorney Norman Wolfinger to step down as lead investigator, and has appointed Angela Corey of Jacksonvilleto replace him:
SANFORD - The Trayvon Martin case has encountered another upset, as Florida Gov. Rick Scott and state Attorney General Pam Bondi have asked State Attorney Norman Wolfinger of Seminole County to step down as lead investigator. Citing a conflict of interest as the reason behind the decision, which was announced Thursday night, Scott has appointed State Attorney Angela Corey of Jacksonville to take over the investigation into Trayvon Martin's death.