An analysis conducted by the Tampa Bay Times last year showed that defendants in Florida who employ the “Stand Your Ground” defense are more successful when the victim is Black. In its examination of 200 applicable cases, the Times found that 73 percent of those who killed a Black person were acquitted, compared to 59 percent of those who killed a White.
Similarly, an analysis of Supplemental Homicide Reports submitted by local law enforcement to the FBI between 2005 and 2010 demonstrates that in cases with a Black shooter and a White victim, the rate of justifiable homicide rulings is about 1 percent. However, if the shooter is White and the victim is Black, it is ruled justified in 9.5 percent of cases in non-Stand Your Ground (SYG) states. Africanglobe.net...
Unarmed Black Men Shot by Police: 20 Sad Stories
Last year's killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood-watch captain who deemed him "suspicious" and who claims that he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense sparked a heartbreaking national conversation about race and justice. His story is all the more tragic because it follows a familiar pattern. As George Zimmerman's second-degree-murder trial begins, The Root reviews incidents in which black men and boys without weapons lost their lives to law-enforcement officers or others who decided that they were dangerous enough to die.