Race, Justifiable Homicide, and Stand Your Ground Laws
Analysis of FBI Supplementary Homicide Report Data
Document date: July 26, 2013
Released online: July 26, 2013
This study finds that homicides with a white perpetrator and a black victim are ten times more likely to be ruled justified than cases with a black perpetrator and a white victim, and the gap is larger in states with Stand Your Ground laws. After accounting for a variety of factors, such as whether the victim and perpetrator were strangers, the gap is smaller, but still significant. Cases with a white perpetrator and a black victim are 281 percent more likely to be ruled justified than cases with a white perpetrator and white victim.
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