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White people who kill black people in 'Stand Your Ground' states are 354% more likely to be cleared of murder

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White people who kill black people in 'Stand Your Ground' states are 354% more likely to be cleared of murder

  • Drawn from a study using FBI data on homicides between 2005 to 2009 
  • 31 states across the U.S. have the 'Stand your Ground' law
  • Florida where Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin has the self-defence law

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White people who kill black people in 'Stand Your Ground' states are 354 per cent more likely to be found justified in their killing than a white person who kills another white person, according to research.

On Saturday George Zimmerman, 29, was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of 17-year old-Trayvon Benjamin Martin.

But he was not arrested for 44 days after the February 26, 2012, shooting as police in Sanford insisted that Florida's Stand Your Ground law on self-defence prohibited them from bringing charges - Florida gives people wide latitude to use deadly force if they fear death or bodily harm.

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Victim: George Zimmerman was accused of murdering the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin after following him with a gun last year
Relief: George Zimmerman breaks into a smile of relief a few moments after being cleared of all charges

On Saturday George Zimmerman, 29, was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Benjamin Martin

The result was drawn from a study using FBI data conducted by John Roman, a senior analyst at Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center.

 

He examined racial disparity using data on 43,500 homicides from 2005 to 2009 - the most recent years for which data was available, reported PBS.

He narrowed the sample to about 5,000 homicides by only analysing killings in which there was a single shooter and a single victim, both of whom were strangers to each other. 

Breakdown of the killings

Breakdown of the killings: The figures represent the percentage likelihood that the deaths will be found justifiable compared to white-on-white killings

Roman looked specifically at 'justified' homicides - defined as the killing of a felon during the commission of a felony, committed by private citizens. 

He discovered that killings of black people by whites were more likely to be considered justified than the killings of white people by blacks. 

Frontline then asked him to analyse the data and look for findings between states which had Stand Your Ground versus those without the laws.

Under the Stand Your Ground law, which was approved in 2005 and applies in over 30 states, people fearing for their lives can use deadly force without having to retreat from a confrontation, even when it is possible.

The self-defence law applies in Florida where Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin dead.

Stand Your Ground graphic.jpg

The court was told that he had followed the unarmed youngster through a park because he looked like he was 'up to no good.'

But Zimmerman, a volunteer neighbourhood watchman, claimed he shot Martin in self-defence, and that the teen punched him repeatedly before deciding to use lethal force.

The statute is central to Zimmerman's defense in a case that captivated the United States throughout much of 2012 because police initially declined to arrest Zimmerman based on his self-defense argument and right to use deadly force under Florida law.

Roman analysed the pool of 43,500 homicides by race in states with Stand Your Ground laws and those without them.  

He found that whites who kill blacks in non-Stand Your Ground states are 250 percent more likely to be found justified in killing a black person than a white person who kills another white person.

But in Stand Your Ground states, that number jumps to 354 percent.

Footage: CCTV footage shows Trayvon buying Skittles and a soda at a 7/11

Footage: CCTV footage shows Trayvon buying Skittles and a soda at a 7/11

Evidence: A shirt worn by Zimmerman on the night of the shooting was used as evidence in the trial

Evidence: A shirt worn by Zimmerman on the night of the shooting was used as evidence in the trial

Zimmerman
Zimmerman

Injuries: Photos of cuts to the back of Zimmerman's head and his face were included in the evidence 

Fatal mark: A bullet hole can be seen in the front of the hooded top Trayvon was wearing on the night he died

Fatal mark: A bullet hole can be seen in the front of the hooded top Trayvon was wearing on the night he died

Crime scene: Trayvon was shot outside with Florida complex

Crime scene: Trayvon was shot outside with Florida complex

But the findings are not yet conclusive - the data doesn’t show the circumstances behind the killings, for example whether the people who were shot were involved in home invasions or in a confrontation on the street.

Plus there are less white-on-black shootings in the FBI data  -only 25 total in both the Stand Your Ground and non-Stand Your Ground states. 

Additionally Stand Your Ground laws can be applied at multiple points during an investigation.

Zimmerman was not arrested for over a month following the shooting as police in Sanford insisted that Florida's Stand Your Ground law on self-defence prohibited them from bringing charges. 

A special prosecutor later brought the murder charge. 

The prosecutor accused Zimmerman of profiling Martin and chasing him vigilante-style rather than waiting for police to arrive.

Zimmerman left the courthouse as a free man, although the NAACP has called for the Justice Department to open a civil rights case against Zimmerman. 

Though the department has a history of using federal civil rights law in an effort to convict defendants who've previously been acquitted in state cases, it's not always easy.

Forceful: Thousands of protestors gathered in Times Square on Sunday night to demonstrate against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Florida late Saturday. The march continued up 5th Avenue toward Harlem when arrests began

Forceful: Thousands of protestors gathered in Times Square on Sunday night to demonstrate against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Florida late Saturday. The march continued up 5th Avenue toward Harlem when arrests began

Massive: The crowd of pro-Trayvon Martin protestors swelled in Times Square, where they marched from Union Square on Sunday before continuing uptown

Massive: The crowd of pro-Trayvon Martin protestors swelled in Times Square, where they marched from Union Square on Sunday before continuing uptown

Blocked: With emotions high and traffic stopped, tensions rose as protestors blocked the Los Angeles freeway

Blocked: With emotions high and traffic stopped, tensions rose as protestors blocked the Los Angeles freeway

The department said in a statement Sunday afternoon that it's looking into the case to determine whether federal civil rights charges should be filed. 

Supporters have suggested that Martin's parents file a wrongful-death civil lawsuit against Zimmerman. 

Zimmerman's lawyers have said he'll seek immunity. Florida's stand your ground law may offer him that immunity if a judge concludes he acted in self-defense, said David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor in Miami.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2363939/White-people-kill-black-people-Stand-Your-Ground-states-354-likely-cleared-murder-Fresh-questions-self-defence-law-wake-Zimmerman-verdict.html#ixzz2ZE7SPTom 
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stormcris
by Christy on Jul. 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Did anyone notice that the SYG hearing has not been conducted?

Castle doctrine is available in almost every state. Castle doctrine which people seem to be missing is what varies by state as to where you do not have to retreat. In FL it applies to anywhere you have a right to be and not engaged in unlawful conduct. Other states it only applies to your home. Some states have it as home and workplace.

For instance on the above map it shows OH as having no SYG. The law reads as follows:

You can use force, with no duty to retreat, in defense of yourself or of another, or defending your residence or vehicle when you are in it and someone is unlawfully entering your vehicle or dwelling. Ohio law does not distinguish between force and deadly force in this area. To use a self-defense claim you cannot have caused the situation and need to have reasonable grounds and an honest belief that you are in immediate danger of death or great bodily harm and that your only way to escape that danger is the use of force. You may only use force that is "reasonably necessary" to prevent the attack or danger you face. 

JanetMonroe1991
by Bronze Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

SYG wasn't used in the Zimmerman case.  Next. 

yourspecialkid
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:07 PM

 There is no link to the actual study or to the FBI stats..the links just go to blogs...even the blog links go to blogs.

The article seems heavy on the Martin/Zimmerman case in which SYG was NOT used.

 

Aamy
by Silver Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:08 PM


Quoting JanetMonroe1991:

SYG wasn't used in the Zimmerman case.  Next. 

And he isnt white. 



DusterMommy
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:12 PM
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Good lord, people.

SYG was not even used in the Zimmerman defense!
Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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 SYG may not have been used as a defense in this case, but these stats are still very interesting.  & Zimmerman is White of Hispanic origin, right?

"When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do." - RuPaul


"Y'all have got to admit that he can rock that dress better than any of us!" - Bookwormy 

rfurlongg
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM
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Wow... That is quite a stat.
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rfurlongg
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM
I believe so. I think his mom was Peruvian.

Quoting Bookwormy:

 SYG may not have been used as a defense in this case, but these stats are still very interesting.  & Zimmerman is White of Hispanic origin, right?

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tanyainmizzou
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Okay. Maybe they were justified shootings or defenses.
autodidact
by Platinum Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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FALSE. 

Juror B37 mentioned Stand Your Ground a second time of her own accord, saying the jury ultimately made its not-guilty verdict Saturday night based on the evidence and “because of the heat of the moment and the Stand Your Ground.


http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/16/3502481/juror-we-talked-stand-your-ground.htm


Quoting JanetMonroe1991:

SYG wasn't used in the Zimmerman case.  Next. 



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