President Barack Obama expressed his strong connection to the tragic death of Trayvon Martin.
President Obama is calling on the country to do some self-examination after Trayvon’s shooting death in Florida. "I think all of us have to do some soul-searching to determine how does something like this happen," he told reporters today. Beyond "That means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident."
Trayvon was gunned down in a gated community on February 26 by a named George Zimmerman. The shooter suspected the Trayvon was armed, but a search of his body found that teen only had a bag of skittles and ice tea on him at the time of his shooting.
George began tailing Trayvon after he spotted the teen making his way back to a family member’s house in Sanford, Florida from the convenience store. He reported the teen to police, but authorities advised him not to follow the kid.
Minutes later, 911 was flooded with calls reporting a struggle between two men and gun shot. Trayvon was dead by the time cops arrived at the scene.
"Obviously this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what his parents are going through," President Obama told reporters. "When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is imperative that we investigate every aspect of this."
He added, "My main message is to the parents of Trayvon. If I had a son he would look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americas are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we will get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”
The president’s call for an investigation comes just one day after the Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee declared that he was temporarily stepping down from his post. He felt that maintaining his position would not help a probe of the incident.
“I am keenly aware of the emotions associated with this tragic death of a child. I’m also aware that my role as a leader of this agency has become a distraction from the investigation," Bill stated during a press conference. “It is my hope that the investigation will move forward swiftly and appropriately through the justice system and that a final determination in this case is reached.”