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Would Zimmerman Have Been Convicted if He Were Black? — Black-on-Nonblack Killings Claiming Self Defense

Over at Legal Insurrection, I skimmed the comment thread on ‘The “what if Trayvon were white” logical fallacy’ and did a bit of googling, and found some black kills hispanic or black kills white self-defense cases.

http://www.news-press.com/article/20100916/CRIME/9160375/Fort-Myers-killing-suspect-likely-off-hook (Black man shoots out of his window and kills a hispanic teenager. Charges dropped. )

http://rochester.ynn.com/content/top_stories/490926/jury-finds-roderick-scott-not-guilty/ (Black man kills white teenager whom he caught stealing from cars. Tried, acquitted. )

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2010/12/paterson_commutes_sentence_in.html (57-year-old black man serves 5 months (then pardoned) for shooting and killing a white teenager who was arguing with his son and first pushed his pointed gun aside.)

http://www.khou.com/news/crime/Pastor-questions-grand-jury-indictment-in-road-rage-death–192138941.html and http://www.speroforum.com/a/ABTQXCNTFM32/73128-Black-woman-stands-her-ground-kills-white-man#.UeYchEHIFtA and http://misguidedchildren.com/justice/2013/07/self-defense-with-a-twist (Black woman indicted for killing white car driver who she says banged on her car and tried to open her door after they stopped in a gas station after a fender bender. A witness denies the banging occurred.)

UPDATE: http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/jury-finds-trevor-dooley-guilty-in-manslaughter-case/1262347 (middle-aged black man shoots and kills unarmed middle-aged white man with little girl who spun him around after armed man started an argument, pointed to his gun, and then turned around to leave; sentenced to 8 years)

UPDATE, July 17: This one is indeed a case where I think the courts were too harsh towards the black self-defender. http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ga-supreme-court/1418360.html and http://www.ajc.com/news/news/campaign-grows-to-free-georgia-man-in-stand-your-g/nSccS/ and http://naacp.3cdn.net/ee68c260a7ab9986a7_4ym6b8rxt.pdf (Black Georgia man pulls out gun and fires a warning shot, then shoots a white house-builder in an argument in which the white man rushes towards him bare-handed; sentenced to life, serves just six years after evidence of victim drug use arises)

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