I’m sure many of you are aware of the 2012 shooting in Florida where Michael Dunn claimed he was “standing his ground” when he shot and killed unarmed teenager Jordan Davis. While this story would have normally made headlines anyway, the attention given to it was amplified by the George Zimmerman case where he was found not guilty of killing an unarmed teenager. A case where many Americans believed Zimmerman felt empowered to confront Martin by Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws (even though that defense wasn’t technically used). Which, as we all know, ended with Zimmerman instigating a confrontation with Trayvon Martin that ultimately ended in the teen’s death.
Dunn’s case centers around a confrontation over loud music emanating from an SUV that was parked at a local gas station. A confrontation he initiated with the teens.
Well, in this case the stand your ground defense was used. Dunn claims he was merely defending himself when he eventually shot several rounds into the SUV carrying 4 teenagers, one of whom was Jordan Davis. Dunn’s defense was that the teens flashed a gun at him, prompting him to then retrieve his and unload several rounds into the vehicle all in the name of “self-defense” and “standing his ground.” Though police reported that there was no gun found in the vehicle in which Davis was riding.
Considering the close proximity to the Zimmerman case, this trial has gotten a lot of attention to see if another white male would be found not guilty of killing another unarmed African-American teenager.
Fortunately that wasn’t the case here as Dunn was eventually found guilty of first-degree murder for his role in the shooting death of Jordan Davis.
Today, Dunn was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
While this decision won’t bring their son back, it has to be some kind of solace that Jordan Davis’ parents won’t have to see the man who murdered their teenage son walk free due to a ridiculous state law that essentially gives cowardly agitators like Dunn the right to kill by simply claiming that they “felt threatened.” Because the facts in this case clearly showed that Dunn initiated the confrontation, that he was lying about the teens having a gun (considering no gun was found) and that he opened fire out of hateful ignorance (some claim racism) rather than an actual fear for his own life.
At least for today, we can say that justice was served and a murderer will be locked away for the rest of his life.