Mar 23, 2012

News Alert: Obama Speaks Out on Trayvon Martin Killing

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Friday, March 23, 2012 -- 11:03 AM EDT

Obama Speaks Out on Trayvon Martin Killing

President Obama spoke in highly personal terms on Friday about the impact on him of the shooting in Florida of an unarmed 17-year-old black youth named Trayvon Martin, saying that "if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."

The comments from Mr. Obama were his first on the explosive case in which George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, has claimed self defense after shooting Mr. Martin several weeks ago. The case has generated outrage about the state's "Stand your Ground" self defense law.

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