We all have done it. Some of us still do it. It’s the weekend and we’re rolling with our friends listening to the latest hits. We have our speakers on blast and the volume up as loud as it can go. Whether it be rap, soul, rock, R&B or whatever, we’re vibin’, nodding our heads, waving our hands, and singing or rapping along with the lyrics. Sound like a typical teen? Hell, it sounds like a typical PERSON in general who is enjoying life and having fun. Except, things took a tragic turn. Jordan Davis was gunned down on November 23rd we he and his friends pulled into a Jacksonville, Florida gas station with their music turned up loud. Apparently this music was too loud for 45-year-old Michael Dunn who asked the 4 African-American teenage boys to turn it down. Then things took a turn for the worse. An argument ensued between Dunn and the teenagers. Dunn stated he ‘feared for his life’ when he THOUGHT he saw a shotgun. He then pulled out a gun and fired 8 times into a car full of teenagers. Three of those bullets hit Jordan, killing him. No gun was ever found in the SUV Davis was riding in.
“It was loud,” Jacksonville homicide Lt. Rob Schoonover said of the teens’ music. “They admitted that. That’s not a reason for someone to open fire.” However Dunn’s attorney paints a different picture. “Kill that motherf*cker. That motherf*cker’s dead. You dead b*tch,” are some of the threats that were shouted at Dunn according to Robin Lemonidis, Dunn’s lawyer. “And he sees a shotgun coming over the rim of the SUV, which is higher than his Jetta. All he sees are heavily tinted front windows that are up and the back windows that are down. And the car has at least four black men in it. And he doesn’t know how old anybody is. He doesn’t know anything, but he knows a shotgun when he sees one.” This story sounds like a load of shit. WHY? Is my question? Why has it become so easy for someone to ‘feel threatened’ and open fire on our young black youth? I am going to pose the most obvious question…WOULD THIS HAVE HAPPENED IF JORDAN DAVIS AND HIS FRIENDS WERE WHITE?” This story is eerily reminiscent of the February shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was gunned down by George Zimmerman as he left a convenience store and headed back to his father’s home. It was the same story, Zimmerman felt his life was in danger so he shot and killed Trayvon. The death of Trayvon sparked a national outrage and prompted further examination of Florida’s controversial “STAND YOUR GROUND LAW” which does not provide a clear definition of a threat. It seems as if this law has been a cop-out for cowards with a gun. At what point do we say, “enough”? What constitutes an actual ‘THREAT’?
Just like in the Trayvon Martin case, many have rallied and marched in honor of Jordan Davis, another innocent life lost. Many also blasted their music to remember Davis. Dunn has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and being held without bond. Developing…
UPDATE: Michael Dunn has been indicted on 1st degree murder charges and 3 counts of attempted murder.
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