Obama On Trayvon Martin: ‘The System Should Work For Everybody’

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President Barack Obama chats with host Jay Leno during a taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at NBC Studios on Aug. 6, 2013 in Burbank, Calif. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama chats with host Jay Leno during a taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at NBC Studios on Aug. 6, 2013 in Burbank, Calif. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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BURBANK, Calif. (CBSDC) – President Obama said Tuesday in referencing the Trayvon Martin shooting that “the system should work for everybody”.

“Well, I think all of us were troubled by what happened and any of us who are parents can imagine the heartache that those parents went through,” Obama said during an interview with NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”

The president said he wasn’t a perfect kid and neither was Trayvon.

“You’re a teenager, especially a teenage boy, you’re going to mess up,” said Obama. “You won’t always have the best judgement.  But what I think all of us agree to is that we should have a criminal justice system that’s fair, that’s just. “

“What we also believe in is is that people, everybody should be treated fairly and the system should work for everyone,” explained Obama.

After the not guilty verdict was announced in the George Zimmerman trial, thousands of people across the country took to the streets protesting the verdict along with the stand your ground law that is in place in a number of states across the country.

“What I’m trying to do is just make sure that we have a conversation and that we’re all asking ourselves are there some things that we can do to foster better understanding and to make sure that we don’t have laws in place that encourage the kind of violent encounter that we saw there that resulted in tragedy,” said Obama.

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