According to a Tampa Bay Times study of 200 cases:
- In nearly one-third, the defendant had initiated the fight, shot an unarmed individual or first pursued the victim, and were never even charged with crimes.
- 73 percent of those who killed a black person walked away without penalty, while 59 percent of those who killed a white person went free.
- One man killed two unarmed people and walked out of jail. Another shot a man as he lay on the ground. Others went free after shooting their victims in the back.