Barack Obama caused a stir among the White House Press Corps when he unexpectedly showed up at the press briefing on Friday to give extended remarks regarding the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial
According to the transcript of those remarks, Obama stated:
[I]f a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.
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That the president is dead wrong was demonstrated in 2009 in Greece, N.Y. After 19 hours of deliberation, a jury there returned a not guilty verdict for Roderick Scott, a black adult, who had charged in the shooting death of Christopher Cervini. a white teen. As though the parallelism were not sufficiently striking, Cervini was 17 at the time of his death — the same exact age as Trayvon Martin.
According to Rochester station YNN, Cervini’s father described his son as “a gentle child, his nature was gentle, he was a good person and he was never, ever arrested for anything, and has never been in trouble.” Tracy Martin mourned his son Trayvon in remarkably similar terms.
It was verified during Scott’s murder trial that he called 911 before the bloody confrontation took place. It was also determined that he opened fire with his legally owned firearm only as a last resort when he reasonably believed his life was in danger.
Still another similarity between the two cases was Scott’s testimony that there had been a rash of break-ins in the area. Scott testified that on the morning of the fatal encounter he observed Cervini and two other youths breaking into a neighbor’s vehicle. Scott says he ordered the suspects to freeze and wait for the arrival of the police.
He insists that he opened fire on Cervini only when the teen “charged” him and was screaming that he was going to get Scott.
After Scott was acquitted, family members of the deceased child claimed that justice had not been served by the verdict. They shared their belief that their son’s killer had taken it upon himself to act as judge, jury, and executioner.
But this is where the similarities between the two cases end. There were no marches, no vigils, no mobs crying “No justice, no peace.” There were no riots or revenge beatings of lone black men by gangs of white teens. There was also no statement by the president — whose named coincidentally was Barack Obama — or other efforts to inject his personal biases into the outcome of the trial.