George Zimmerman caused a social media stir over the weekend when he retweeted a photo of the dead body of Trayvon Martin, the black teen he shot and killed in 2012 and whose murder he was acquitted of by a jury a year later.
The original message was posted by an apparent admirer of Zimmerman who goes by the nickname @SeriousSlav. He tagged a few people, Zimmerman among them, and captioned the photo, “Z-Man is a one-man army.”
The picture, which was used as evidence during the trial, shows the 17-year-old Martin lying on the ground with policemen standing over him.
The post was removed on Sunday by Twitter, the New York Daily News reported, but not before Zimmerman retweeted the image to his 11,300-some followers.
A number of people responded negatively on social media, including the hip-hop artist Talib Kweli Greene, who wrote, “George Zimmerman is online posting pics of Trayvon Martin’s dead body right now. Let that sink in America.”
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George Zimmerman is online posting pics of Trayvon Martin's dead body right now. Let that sink in America. #blacklivesmatter
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) September 27, 2015
Zimmerman has actively courted controversy in recent months, especially on social media. His Twitter image is of a Confederate battle flag.
Last month, he responded to a hostile tweet by referring to Martin. “We all know how it ended for the last moron that hit me,” Zimmerman replied. “Give it a whirl, cupcake.”
We all know how it ended for the last moron that hit me. Give it a whirl cupcake. https://t.co/F0IlHiHLX6
— George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) August 27, 2015
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