President Obama, under pressure from black leaders who represent his most important political base, changed his mind today and waded into the Trayvon Martin killing.
In doing so, he probably satisfied is own
need to express outrage and appeased a growing clamor for him to say
something. But in doing so he has prejudiced the case and allowed
political and personal considerations to trump his solemn duty as leader
of the nation and chief enforcer of its laws.
There are many
issues that need to be resolved with respect to the Trayvon case. It’s
early, and we don’t have all the facts, and unexpected twists always
occur in cases like this.
Law enforcement authorities must
investigate whether an innocent unarmed African American boy was killed
because of racial profiling. And they must investigate why police
released the shooter, Robert Zimmerman, after only a short while, and
didn’t test him for drugs or alcohol.
A terrible crime may have
been committed. But the shooter claims self defense. And we are innocent
in this country until proven guilty. (Continues)