Stand Your Ground Laws Hurt Blacks [Infographic]
Statistics show in murder trials, black defendants with white victims are more likely to be convicted than when it’s the other way around. The numbers also indicate the Stand Your Ground defense leads to harsher results for blacks compared to whites.
The www.topcriminaljusticedegrees.com infographic below notes since 2005, in Non-Stand Your Ground states, white on black killings are justified 10 percent of the time, while in Stand Your Ground states, white on black killings are justified 17 percent of the time. Since 2005, black on white killings are justified only one percent of the time in both Non-Stand Your Ground and Stand Your Ground states.
Following George Zimmerman’s acquittal of murder and manslaughter, in the fatal shooting Trayvon Martin, protesters demonstrated against Stand Your Ground. What are your views of this defense and race?