President Barack Obama speaks on Trayvon Martin `If I Had a Son, He`d Look Like Trayvon`

5 years ago

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`If I Had a Son, He`d Look Like Trayvon`

Sanford, Florida (CNN) -- President Barack Obama spoke out Friday for the first time on the growing national controversy over the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager in Florida, saying that the incident requires national "soul-searching."

"When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids," Obama said. "And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened."

Trayvon Martin, 17, died February 26. Police say he was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida, who said he was acting in self-defense. Martin was unarmed, carrying a bag of Skittles candy and an iced tea, according to police.

Although a grand jury will convene April 10 to look into the case, authorities so far have declined to arrest the volunteer, George Zimmerman, sparking a national debate over Florida`s "stand your ground" deadly force law amid concerns about racial profiling.
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