The nation’s top lawman said during a speech at an NAACP convention in Orlando that the law — which featured prominently during the murder trial of George Zimmerman — should be reexamined and reformed.
“It’s time to question laws that so dangerously expand self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” Holder said, just miles from the Sanford, Fla., courtroom where Zimmerman, 29, stood trial in Trayvon Martin’s death.
Stand Your Ground laws give the benefit of the doubt to the gunman if he can prove he fired because he feared for his life. The law, which exists in some form in more than 20 states, does not require that a person retreat if possible — a concept Holder said is critical in legal concepts of self-defense.
As Zimmerman’s head was being bashed in, Holder believes that he should have retreated into the sidewalk beneath him, rather than firing his gun.