President Obama: Trayvon Martin case a ‘tragedy’

The Miami Herald article President Obama: Trayvon Martin case a ‘tragedy’ covers the President’s remarks about this case.

“I can only imagine what these parents are going through,” the president said, adding that he couldn’t help but think about his daughters. “I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this.”
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney also issued a statement Friday about the case.

“What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy,” Romney said “There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity.”

Almost anyone could foresee the inevitable consequences of the Florida law.  When you shoot someone, there needs to be an investigation. If the cause were truly self-defense, the justice system is able to dispense proper justice without making it a law that mere suspicion of a person doing you bodily harm is enough to justify shooting that person.

It is not hard to imagine what some people might find suspicious that the rest of us would call normal behavior.  I wonder if a black person walking home from the store could consider a person of another race accosting him with a gun as looking suspicious. If the black person suspected that bodily harm was about to ensue, what right did that Florida law give to him?

By the Florida law, can you shoot someone if you provoke the “suspicious” behavior?  How would the following statement be applied by the police “investigators”? “I slapped him in the face and I suspected that he might kill me.”

When we were living in Texas, the town where we were living passed a law that said the police could arrest you for looking suspicious.  We pointed out to no avail, that a person walking up to a closed business and tugging on the door before realizing the business was closed could look suspicious to the police.  Probably not suspicious if I were white and dressed in a business suit, but definitely suspicious if I were black or I were wearing scruffy clothes.

Eventually the Texas law was declared unconstitutional.

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