President Obama releases statement on Zimmerman verdict

Posted Jul 14, 2013 by Sami Zaatari
President Barack Obama has released a statement on the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict, calling on people to remain calm and to respect the verdict.
President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama
Obama said that America was a "nation of laws and a jury has spoken".
Obama went on to call the death of Trayvon Martin a "tragedy" and wrote of how Americans must work in order to prevent such killings from happening in the future, in order to honour Trayvon:
We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.
African-American leaders meanwhile have reacted with anger towards the not guilty verdict, and have been pushing the U.S. Justice Department to pursue a civil rights case against Zimmerman.