She said the following of Martin’s death: “I hope [Martin] tried to stay alive. I hope he knew that he lived in a state with a ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.’ ”
Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 on murder charges. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law was never cited in his defense, though it figured heavily in discussion of the case. Instead, Zimmerman’s attorney claimed he shot and killed Martin, whom he had been following prior to a physical altercation between the two, in self-defense.
Harris-Perry’s address, which was captured and uploaded to YouTube by the university’s conservative group, the Cornell Review, continued: “And I hope he whooped the s–t out of George Zimmerman. And it’s not disreputable because he encountered a stranger who was prepared to kill him, and you know how I know? Because he killed him.”