White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that Trayvon Martin’s death “reflects, symbolizes the loss we see daily in this country to gun violence.” Carney added he was “not sure” if President Obama had discussed the case with Eric Holder.
The president said in a statement Sunday on the Zimmerman trial verdict that “we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis.”
Carney deflected numerous other questions about the case from reporters in the daily press briefing.
The decision is “not something the president involves himself in,” Carney said, adding it would be “inappropriate” for Obama “to express an opinion about what the Department of Justice should do.”
The Department of Justice has said that “experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate.”
Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to speak about the case Tuesday at the NAACP convention in Orlando.
- Greece will decide on Sunday whether they will accept austerity measures as a condition of a bailout that may stave off an imminent financial and economic crisis.
- Some 150 migrants stranded in the French city of Calais stormed the Channel Tunnel in an attempt to make it to British territory.
- It took a while, but an English national soccer team has finally defeated Germany in a major tournament. England took third place with a 1-0 win over the top-ranked German team in the FIFA Women's World Cup ⚽️
- Chile defeated Argentina on penalties to win the Copa America tournament. It's the first ever trophy for Chile in the 99 years of the Copa ⚽️