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Another unarmed black teen shot and killed by a scared white man in Florida

Seventeen-year-old Jordan Davis. (Source: News4Jax.com)

If I had to guess, I would say that 17-year-old Jordan Davis, like most teens, was excited for the weekend on Friday when he and his friends pulled up to a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. But thanks to the racist fears of an armed white man, Jordan didn’t make it past Friday night.

Michael Dunn, described as a 45-year-old businessman, pulled up to the same gas station and parked right next to Jordan and his friends whose music was too loud for Dunn’s taste. Dunn complained about the music while waiting for his girlfriend who had gone inside the gas station to make a purchase. Moments later, Dunn pulled out his gun and fired between eight and nine shots at the teens, two of which hit Jordan.

So, what did this kid do that was so terrible, Dunn felt gunshots were warranted? According to CNN:

Dunn told police he felt threatened by the response from the teens, the statement said.

Dunn’s attorney, Robin Lemonidis, told CNN Monday that Dunn told police that he reacted after having seen a gun barrel in the window of the teens’ car and after hearing a profanity-laced string of threats against him and his girlfriend while the teens motioned they were opening the door.

Lemonidis said that was when Dunn reached for his gun and opened fire on the vehicle. She added that, “When all the evidence has been flushed out, I believe that it will be extremely clear that Mr. Dunn acted as any responsible firearm-owner would have under the same circumstances.”

That’s interesting, considering no gun was found inside the vehicle. Then again, that doesn’t really matter if you’re black (like Jordan) in a society that equates blackness with criminality, particularly male blackness. Add loud music and  “a profanity-laced string of threats” to that dark complexion and suddenly you’re a walking target for the George Zimmerman’s and Michael Dunn’s of the world.

The worst part is that Dunn couldn’t even stick around after shooting because apparently black men like Jordan are still scary even when riddled with bullet holes:

Lemonidis said her client and his girlfriend left the scene after the shooting, fearing that they had encountered gang members and that more would follow.

The couple went to a local hotel for the night, and saw the news the next morning that Davis had died. They returned to Dunn’s home in Brevard County, where local police arrested him Saturday on an out-of-county warrant.

To sum up, Dunn shot at an unarmed group of teens (of color) because they cursed at him while refusing to turn down their music, which evidently makes them gang members. It sounds to me like Dunn, much like George Zimmerman, may actually believe he is the victim here.

It’s still unclear exactly what Dunn’s defense will be, but since the shooting took place in Florida, there is speculation that he could be aiming for a “Stand Your Ground” defense. WJXT Jacksonville explains:

“Mr. Dunn is going to have to answer the question, ‘Why did you not call the sheriff’s office? If you are reasonably protecting yourself, why did you leave the scene, get in the car, and the next day, flee the jurisdiction of Duval County’,” said Jacksonville Attorney Gene Nichols.

Nichols said Dunn’s statements in court on Monday make a “stand your ground” defense a likely strategy, but not necessarily one that a jury will believe.

“There’s no indication that Jordan or anyone else in that car had a gun, there’s no indication that they were any threat to Mr. Dunn,” said Nichols.

As for Dunn’s girlfriend, a police spokesperson said at a news conference that “She came running outside and she jumped in the vehicle, when they took off.” Despite leaving a crime scene with the shooter without reporting it to the police, she won’t be facing any charges. At least the shooter was immediately arrested this time around, unlike the insanity in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s murder. Still, that doesn’t make this story any less disturbing.

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22 Comments
  1. Mr. Dunn’s actions were excessive and reprehensible. Mr Jordan David’s parents will have to bear the pain of their loss in the knowledge they failed to teach their son (not justifying it!) just how dangerous running your mouth and making threats can be.

    In some countries (eastern European/middle east) having your life threatened can be the basis for a justifiable homicide defense. The reasoning?–over there, people figure once a threat against your life has been made, it may just be a matter of time until your assailant stabs/shoots you in the back, thus, you’re justified in making a preemptory strike just like the U.S. does with it’s drone warfare.

    Don’t ever threaten anyone. I don’t. If I’m going to do something, why would I warn the target? You just do it, or you get off your high horse–it’s that simple. Threats are the province of simpletons and kids still wet behind the ears/untutored.

    Rest in Peace, Jordan. Mr. Dunn, I’d think (at least in Florida) anybody would have a pretty good excuse to gun you down on sight since you’re such a clear and present threat to the community and public safety. Ever thought of a permanent vacation in Antarctica?–because that’s really where you belong.
    -amicuscuria.com/wordpress-

    November 28, 2012
    • Corrector# #

      Your information on threats in the Middle East shows how ignorant you are. Perhaps you’re just trying to support your idea with false information that readers will blindly agree with.

      November 28, 2012
    • wake up people!!! #

      This is so sad. I wonder do you believe the shit coming out of your mouth? This is cruel and both sad that people can be so insensitive when it comes to race. If this was your son, cousin neighbor or friend you would think very differently, or even if it were yourself. Only an idiot cant see this for what it really is. If he didn’t have a gun he would have never pulled a stunt like this. but this is what happens when you put guns in the hands of ignorant people. SMDH!!!

      January 1, 2013
    • David Hase #

      you dont even know if he really did that my apologies but most of you white people are racist and some evil, you guys dont pay attention to facts in the trayvon martin case trayvon actually was passing with good grades, was on the football team and wasnt an angel but also wasnt a menace like you people want imagine all of us. I just cant believe you automatically take in what michael dunn has told the media, of course he’s going to make it in his favor know one knows if he was true (n******) hater who really knows but i know i dont provoke people for any reason with disrespect and im one of those blacks that look like your average stereotype but im not im an average guy probably just like the rest of these fallen young men. I Hope Michael dunn Rots in hell

      January 4, 2013
  2. Dan the Man #

    There is no evidence at this time that the teens threatened Mr. Dunns life. Mr. Dunn has every reason to lie. He says there was a gun. No evidence of a gun has come forth. Remember that this happened at a gas station so any attempt to remove the gun from the car would have probably been caught on camera.

    It is also very likely that Mr. Dunn is a typical concealed carry guy looking for a legal opportunity to kill someone, especially a black person. Mr. Dunn’s behavoir of approaching the car and likely ordering the teens to turn down the music suggest this. It must be remembered that he was going to be at this gas station for only a few minutes and then would have never seen these teens again in his life. He appproached them knowing he had a gun on him.

    Many news articles on this say “words were exchanged” between him and the teens. In other words he likely enganged in an argument with then and thus helped to escalate the situation. He did this knowing he had a gun on him.

    Since he knew he had a gun on himself he should have never approached at all, he was going to be leaving in a few minutes any ways. Given that he did approach he should have walked away and even said sorry the second things turned nasty. Why should he do this? Cause he knows he has a gun on him, and thus should be avoiding trouble at all cost. That’s what a responsible gun owner would do.

    It sounds like what Mr. Dunn did was a common concealed carry permit holder’s trick. I call it the “suprise I have a gun” trick. Basicly what the concealed carry guy does is he walks up and tries to start something with someone that is much tougher than he is. If the person takes the bait he pulls out his gun and shoots them.

    The black teens in this case probably did threaten to kick Mr Dunn’s white little butt and Mr. Dunn probably did not back down, after all he knew he had a gun on him and was about to get his chance to use it finally. After egging them on they probably did start to exit their car and that’s when Mr, Dunn got to act out his concealled carry fantasy of killing a black “thug”.

    Mr. Dunn probably behaved like someone that really wanted a fist fight and after a certain point these teens may have descided to give him one. But what they did not know is that Mr. Dunn was about to pull the “suprise I have a gun” trick on them.

    Also Mr. Dunn behaved nothing like a man that was engaged in self defense. He fled the scene of the murder, made no attempt to contact police when he got back to the hotel, and then fled the jurisdiction the next day. The police had to track him down on a warrent.

    But this is what stand your ground is meant to do. It gives angry white when an oppertunity to hang around and egg “thugs” on into a fight and then uf they take the bait of this trap the angry white man gets to shoot them. If there is no idependent witness to the slaying then the angry white guy gets to tell the cops anything he wants to, as in the Zimmerman case.

    November 28, 2012
    • Dan the man #

      It looks like now Mr. Dunn is claiming that the gun he saw was a shot gun. It would have been very difficult to remove a shot gun from the car with out something being caught on surveillance camera at the gas station. The odds that Mr. Dunn is making the gun up is even higher now. Mr. Dunn probably thought he could bolster his self defense claim by saying it was a big scary shot gun he saw.

      Once again Mr. Dunn behaved nothing like a person that believed he had engaged in lawful self defense. He fled the scene, never called police from his hotel, and then after he found out someone died he fled the jurisdiction.

      November 28, 2012
    • Kae #

      Your comments are on point. I have never considered this perspective, but I believe you have hit the nail on the head.

      December 21, 2012
      • John Wayne #

        Being a tough guy with his girlfriend in the car and to shoot a car full of teens? Only time and surrounding videos collected and pieced together might put your story in perspective but as we have seen in the past most stories change dramatically once more evidence is introduced.

        January 7, 2013
  3. Santizzie Myles #

    My heart and prayers go out to this family I pray that the Davis family find justice in this Very unnecessary tragedy!

    November 30, 2012
  4. anon #

    I’m praying for every family that loses a child because of a racist sick individual. Its getting to the point to where we’re going to go back to Jim Crowe laws. I hate hearing about this and reading comments where people justify taking the life of a kid who didn’t have the chance to grow up. It shouldn’t matter about the music level, IT WAS A GAS STATION!! you get your items and leave. you never see the people there again.I know plenty of white guys who blast their music and no one gives a damn. He just wanted to see if he could get away with killing a young black man because of Trayvon Martin. I hope he gets exactly what he deserves- jail for life. And i don’t care how many people reply and try to make it seem like he was justified for what he did. A kid is dead for no reason, he shot 9-12 times? why didnt he go inside and call the police? Because he knows that he killed a young black male and thats enough reason to kill without doing time.

    December 4, 2012
  5. TAZ #

    It sickens me to read people’s conjectures on the “why” would a white man shoot a black teen and then say he did it because he felt threaten. Black people need to wake the h*ll up and realize that racisim is living quite well in the US. I hear white teenagers every day with their loud rap music blasting (go figure) and I can assure you this red neck would have ignored every note. Wake up people and understand that this tragedy was only committed because of Jordon Davis’ skin color. If President Obama can’t get respect from the pilgrims why the h*ll would you assume ordinary black people in the streets are going to be any different. Black people need to refrain from the Martin Luther King mentality and start thinking more on the lines of Malcom X. Stop being surprised or outraged to hear or read about these types of tragedies – they will continue so what are we as a people going to do about it!!!!

    December 6, 2012
    • Herbert Lee #

      I ttally agree with you…I am 43 years old myself and have grown up in the city streets of san franscisco and have witnessed first hand the racists rants of cops and citizens lake. I wish this white guy would run up on me or any other of my his sissy ass white friends. Picking on young black males..Yall all are a bunch of white cowards for doing this type of stuff, but then again that was what slavery was all abut. A bunch of cowards getting away with murder, rape and whatever else their ignorant minds could think of. I pray that he gets what he deserves. He needs to rot in jail and while in there he will have plenty of grown black men (not kids) to try that shit with. Heres to you… you coward ass white man!!!

      January 1, 2013
  6. John #

    I bet his little friends never mouth off to anyone again.

    December 17, 2012
    • TAZ #

      You have to be an ignorant white person from WVA or any where from the south. You know the kind that played in the movie “Deliverance”

      December 17, 2012
    • Herbert Lee #

      Oh so it’s coo for you to mouth off though? If someone runs up o you telling you to d something and they are not the police..why is that considered by you to mouthing off to someone? I wish you and i could have a conversation face to face coward.

      January 1, 2013
      • TAZ #

        Hey Pilgrim, I’m not sure how you interpreted my response from the other pilgrim but what I can summize from your response is that you would like to have a face to face conversation with me. Well, let me know where you would like to rendevous and you will easily be able to pick me out. I will be the one with 3 hard core bothers in a blue SUV with the windows rolled down playin loud music. And I’m sure you will be the stupid ass redneck who will be bold to approach our vehicle asking us to turn it down. Then you and I will talk.

        January 1, 2013
  7. its so many young black teenager getting killed by white dude for no reason this young men got his life tookin because he wanted to play his music loud an dunn didnt like that i guess every black teenager play loud music gotta be in a gang dunn said he didnt go to the police because he didnt no if some gang member i fallow him that bull shit every black person is not a bad person my prayer go out to the teenager family and for dunn dude hope they kill his ass like he killa that young boy for no damn reason to all daa black young teenager be careful out here people getin kill just for be ”BLACK”

    January 15, 2013
  8. Jim #

    All I have ti say is “Poor ol negr0id gang bangers!!”

    May 22, 2013

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