Composite image showing US President Barack Obama speaking at the White House on 19 July 2013, and undated family photo of Trayvon Martin
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'Trayvon Martin could have been me' - Barack Obama

President Barack Obama has said that "Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago", in his first comments on the case since last week's verdict.

The unarmed black 17-year-old was shot and killed in Florida in February 2012.

George Zimmerman, 29, said he opened fire on the teenager in self-defence and was acquitted of murder by a Florida court last week.

In an unexpected press call, Mr Obama said very few black men in the US had not experienced racial profiling.

Rajini Vaidyanathan reports.

  • 20 Jul 2013
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