Thursday, July 18, 2013

Florida's Stand Your Ground Law: Who Benefits From It?

July 16, 2013 Daily Caller analyzed the data from cases where Stand Your Ground law was invoked in Florida:
African Americans benefit from Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law at a rate far out of proportion to their presence in the state’s population, despite an assertion by Attorney General Eric Holder that repealing “Stand Your Ground” would help African Americans.
Black Floridians have made about a third of the state’s total “Stand Your Ground” claims in homicide cases, a rate nearly double the black percentage of Florida’s population. The majority of those claims have been successful, a success rate that exceeds that for Florida whites.

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I am not particularly surprised.  Blacks are very disproportionately victims of violent crimes (almost always by black criminals), so disproportionate use of SYG makes perfect sense.

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