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I'm Shepard Smith we begin with a surprise guest appearance of the White House briefing room today.
By the president he said he wanted to talk about the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
Even though our fox easily -- colleague Juan Williams says the president's top advisors warned him not to get such -- speech.
The president says the jury has spoken.
And that's how the system works.
He said that immediately after that after the verdict but today he went further revealing very personal details about his own experience as a young African American man.
-- on -- could've been me.
35 years ago there are very few African American men in this country -- haven't had the experience of being followed when they -- shopping in department -- That includes me.
There for very very few African American men -- -- and every experience -- Walking across the street and hearing.
A lot placed on the doors of cars.
To me at least before it was -- senator.
Jurors -- -- brother Robert tells Fox News -- he's glad the president spoke out today and he agrees the nation needs to do some soul searching.
But he had some other thoughts.
-- -- -- I don't think it should be focused so much on.
You know speculating.
About any one person's case and it's -- serious but I think it should be about.
-- colorblind America were all children regardless of their race -- someone they can reach out to a mentor or other.
Role model -- figure in their life.
They can kind of you know give them the encouragement that the president talked about that -- so desperately need.
After the president's road trip on Martin's parents said quote President Obama sees himself in trade on and identifies with him.
This is a beautiful tribute to our boy -- -- life was cut -- short but we hope that his legacy.
Will make our communities a better place for generations to come in quote Wendell Goler -- Yeah she's outside the White House and -- -- a family of trade on Martin had to ask the president to get involved with his speech today in response to that.
I don't think so there's is no indication that he's actually spoken to them though as we heard trade -- mother and father.
Have indicated they're grateful for his words I'd say the president had been following the reaction to the verdict and felt the country needed to hear from him.
He'd been prepared to respond to questions about the verdict in an interview he gave to Spanish language TV networks earlier this week.
In fact he wasn't asked.
I think his goal in part was the bridge different reactions to the verdict in the black community in more broadly across the country and he spoke -- hard truth.
This is who say that every American community is and I need about the fact that.
Involved in criminal justice system.
That -- are disproportionately.
Both victims and perpetrators.
It's not to make excuses.
For that fact.
Obama said for many black people the case conjures up a hard history of racial injustice that doesn't go away.
Still as you point out he was criticized us for speaking of the trial in racial terms.
Terrorists well -- also some reaction about the fact that this speech got very personal today and to look at the total context here.
-- or at least a looming part of that there are people wrong with -- -- Wendell marching in streets all over the nation over the week -- verdict in gearing up for now a second weekend -- planned protests so the question.
Has the White House said why the president would focus on points of racial division at this time.
I don't think they feel he was focusing on division though of course he did challenge the prosecution's claim that the case wasn't about race.
And it's also the second weekend since the verdict late Saturday.
More protests as you point out -- plan to mr.
Obama wanted to make an appeal but those protests to be peaceful.
I think it's understandable that there have been demonstrations.
Protests and some of that stuff is just gonna have to work its way through as long as it remains nonviolent.
If I see any violence than will remind folks that.
That this honors.
What happened occurred on -- And his family.
President also called on communities to consider whether stand your ground laws actually contribute to the problem of gun violence Harris.
Well I I know reporters in the room called it a surprise that.
What censor information are you getting tonight Wendell that the president's words were carefully worked out and and what exactly was the goal of this speech.
Well -- words were carefully planned he spoke without notes or a teleprompter but he spoke very carefully and it was goal.
What's -- make clear that even though the Justice Department is investigating it's not likely George Zimmerman will face federal charges.
Obama set a jury has spoken still some members of the Congressional Black Caucus feel local police did -- -- job and one of them.
Represents the district where -- are -- -- I was.
In our land that the night that it transpired.
And basically they reports.
I just thought it wasn't a -- a brawl.
It didn't give investors -- the same thing police department but again.
Congresswoman Corinne brown wants the Justice Department to look at the police response service.
Well of course we heard from Robert Zimmerman George Zimmerman -- brother and Wendell will go on now thank you very much -- government's lawyers.
Are also reacting to the president's comments now the attorneys know quote.
It takes courage to talk about race and they say it took courage for our president to address the Zimmermann case.
White people are.
What why they are upset about the verdict rather.
The Zimmerman -- went on to say quote while we acknowledge and understand the racial context of this case we challenge people.
To look closely and dispassionately at the facts we believe those who look at the facts of the case without prejudice.
We'll see that this is a clear case of self defense and we are certain that those who take a closer look at the kind of person George Zimmerman is -- find a young man.
With a diverse ethnic and racial background who was not a racist a man who is in fact sensitive too complex racial history of our country and quote.
Now we'll move on to Boston.
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