July 18th, 2013
09:04 PM ET

Obama pressed to act after Zimmerman trial

The parents of Trayvon Martin spoke for the first time since Saturday's not guilty verdict.

They said they were shocked George Zimmerman was acquitted and pressed the president to get involved.

"At least investigate what happened at least go through it with a fine toothed comb, make sure all the t's are crossed and all the i's are dotted, its sending out a terrible message to teenagers," Sabrina Fulton said on CBS "This Morning."

But now five days after the verdict - the president has yet to make a public statement. Even though he had the chance when he went before the cameras this morning.

So why's the president reluctant to wade into what's become a race-related case?

OutFront: Kelli Goff, political correspondent for TheRoot.com and Judge Glenda Hatchett.

Filed under: Politics • Trayvon Martin • Zimmerman Case
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Sargon 2

    Based on media chatter, Federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman seem to hinge on whether he was motivated by racial bias or prejudice. Forgetting about the Zimmerman/Martin case for the moment, I'm wondering if
    a self-admitted racist has ANY rights of self defense. If a self-admitted racist employs otherwise legitimate self defense
    in resisting a completely random, violent attack resulting in injuries or worse, should he expect Federal civil right charges to automatically ensue if he is subsequently exonerated in court?

    July 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  2. Chris Malcolm

    This attached posting promotes the view that the prosecutions tunnel vision with regards to their own racial profiling cost them a conviction to George Zimmerman.
    Bit of a read but gives this thing a whole new perspective.

    July 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply

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