White House Issues Statement on Trayvon Martin Case

White House press secretary Jay Carney commented on the case of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed boy killed by a neighborhood watchman, during a briefing this afternoon.

A reporter asked, “Is the president aware of this case of Trayvon Martin and has he asked the justice department to look into it?”

Carney responded, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Trayvon Martin’s family. But obviously, we’re not going to wade into a local law enforcement matter. I would refer you to the justice department and local law enforcement at this point.”

The reporter then asked President Obama had expressed an opinion about it. Carney responded it was not a White House matter.

“I don’t have any conversations to report to you,” he said

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