Obama: Black Americans Feel Pain In Martin Verdict - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Obama: 'Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me'

NBCNEWS.COM - President Barack Obama emerged Friday to give voice to African Americans' reaction to last weekend's verdict in the George Zimmerman case, saying that Trayvon Martin "could have been me."

In a surprise appearance in the White House press room Friday, Obama recalled his remarks after the shooting that, if he had a son, he would have looked like Martin, Obama said: "Another way of saying that is, 'Trayvon Martin could have been me,' 35 years ago."

Obama questions wisdom of 'stand your ground' laws

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is questioning whether "stand your ground" laws contribute to peace and security and "order we want to see."
    
Florida protesters have urged repeal of the state's "stand your ground" measure since George Zimmerman was found not guilty in teenager Trayvon Martin's death.
    
Obama questioned Friday whether Martin would have been found justified in shooting Zimmerman if he'd been of age and armed.
    
Obama suggests other measures that communities should consider in the wake of the verdict, including training for law enforcement on race issues, as with legislation he helped pass as a state senator in Illinois.
    
He downplays the usefulness of a politically led national conversation on race. But Obama encourages families, churches and workplaces to engage in such discussions.

MORE DETAILS:

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says black Americans feel pain after the Trayvon Martin verdict because of a "history that doesn't go away."
    
Obama spoke in a surprise appearance Friday at the White House, his first time appearing for a statement on the verdict since it was issued last Saturday.
    
Obama says African Americans view the case through "a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away." He says black men in particular are used to being feared and blacks see a disparity in the way they are treated under the law.
    
He says he also has heard drivers lock their doors and has seen women clutch their purses tighter when he walked by, before he was elected to public office.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Violent Spokane drug trafficker gets 30 years in prison

    Violent Spokane drug trafficker gets 30 years in prison

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 12:00 AM EDT2017-05-24 04:00:27 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A 32-year-old Spokane man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday, after he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges, firearms offenses and threatening witnesses. The United States Attorney's Office reported Tuesday that Aren Lee Perryman, aka Filthy, pleaded guilty to Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Heroin; Possessing and Using Firearms in Connection with Drug Trafficking; and Intimidating and Threatening witnesses.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A 32-year-old Spokane man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday, after he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges, firearms offenses and threatening witnesses. The United States Attorney's Office reported Tuesday that Aren Lee Perryman, aka Filthy, pleaded guilty to Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Heroin; Possessing and Using Firearms in Connection with Drug Trafficking; and Intimidating and Threatening witnesses.

    >>
  • Woman lost in Montana wilderness tells miraculous story of survival

    Woman lost in Montana wilderness tells miraculous story of survival

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 8:56 PM EDT2017-05-24 00:56:55 GMT

    By David Winter ABC Fox Montana/KTMF A Chicago woman visiting family in Montana captivated the nation for nearly a week as she was lost in the woods. Then miraculously, found alive and well with her dog, Mogie. Now Madeline Connelly, her family and members of the search crew are sharing their stories from Maddie's seven days alone in the woods.

    >>

    By David Winter ABC Fox Montana/KTMF A Chicago woman visiting family in Montana captivated the nation for nearly a week as she was lost in the woods. Then miraculously, found alive and well with her dog, Mogie. Now Madeline Connelly, her family and members of the search crew are sharing their stories from Maddie's seven days alone in the woods.

    >>
  • Man drowns in Moyie River running from Border Patrol agents

    Man drowns in Moyie River running from Border Patrol agents

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 11:36 PM EDT2017-05-24 03:36:48 GMT

    BOUNDARY COUNTY, Idaho - The Boundary County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies and emergency crews responded to Eastport to assist the United States Border Patrol on Monday. A man had reportedly gone into the Moyie River. He was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water by Border Patrol Agents.

    >>

    BOUNDARY COUNTY, Idaho - The Boundary County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies and emergency crews responded to Eastport to assist the United States Border Patrol on Monday. A man had reportedly gone into the Moyie River. He was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water by Border Patrol Agents.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • National NewsMore>>

  • Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd

    Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-05-23 21:45:12 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Monday, May 22nd

    Mad Minute stories from Monday, May 22nd

    Monday, May 22 2017 5:38 PM EDT2017-05-22 21:38:31 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, May 22nd.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, May 22nd.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Friday, May 19th

    Mad Minute stories from Friday, May 19th

    Friday, May 19 2017 8:09 PM EDT2017-05-20 00:09:07 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, May 19th.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, May 19th.

    >>
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Tom Cruise reveals 'Top Gun 2' to start filming soon

    Tom Cruise reveals 'Top Gun 2' to start filming soon

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 9:00 AM EDT2017-05-24 13:00:15 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) - The Danger Zone may have gotten old and dusty, but Tom Cruise says he's about to fly back in. The 54-year-old actor says the long-discussed sequel to "Top Gun" is a sure thing and should start shooting soon. Cruise made the announcement Wednesday in response to questions from anchors on the Australian morning news show "Sunrise." 

    >>

    SYDNEY (AP) - The Danger Zone may have gotten old and dusty, but Tom Cruise says he's about to fly back in. The 54-year-old actor says the long-discussed sequel to "Top Gun" is a sure thing and should start shooting soon. Cruise made the announcement Wednesday in response to questions from anchors on the Australian morning news show "Sunrise." 

    >>
  • Community gathers for Airway Heights water meeting

    Community gathers for Airway Heights water meeting

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 2:15 AM EDT2017-05-24 06:15:40 GMT

    MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - The Airway Heights water crisis continues, with hundreds of families still forced to use bottled water instead of what's coming out of their taps. But on Tuesday the community is getting more answers about what's going on thanks to a public meeting held by Fairchild Air Force Base. More than anything folks were concerned about what the Air Force was doing about the contaminated water and the possible health effects it could have on them.

    >>

    MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - The Airway Heights water crisis continues, with hundreds of families still forced to use bottled water instead of what's coming out of their taps. But on Tuesday the community is getting more answers about what's going on thanks to a public meeting held by Fairchild Air Force Base. More than anything folks were concerned about what the Air Force was doing about the contaminated water and the possible health effects it could have on them.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd

    Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-05-23 21:45:12 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd.

    >>