In recent weeks, innocent Black people have been killed at the hands of others who had no real provocation to shoot them. (Think my fellow FAMU Rattler Jonathan Ferrell and Renisha McBride.) Last November, at a Gate gas station in Jacksonville, FL 17 year-old Jordan Davis was shot by Michael Dunn.
The facts are there were four teenage boys riding in a Dodge Durango and getting gas one Sunday afternoon. Michael Dunn and his girlfriend pulled up to the pump next to them. Dunn asked the boys to turn their music down. The boys did not oblige. An argument ensued. Dunn said he saw a gun. Dunn goes to his car, loads his gun, and fires 8 shots into the Durango. He goes back to his car, drives to his hotel, has dinner, goes to sleep, and drives back to his home in south Florida. (Dunn was in Jacksonville to attend his son’s wedding.) When he arrives, police are already waiting to arrest him. Two of those eight shots hit Jordan Davis and killed him. No one else was hit.
When Dunn was shooting at the teenagers, the driver of the Durango drove away to escape the shots. He then turned back into the gas station to get help for his friend. Police searched the area surrounding the station. No gun, or any type of weapon that resembled a gun, was found around the scene of the crime. Thanks to the quick thinking of witnesses, one wrote down Michael Dunn’s license plate number; that’s why police were waiting on him when he got home.
Dunn said he was scared and afraid that more “thugs” were coming after him in a second car, and that’s why he fled the scene. My thinking is, if he was REALLY and TRULY scared, why didn’t he call the police? He could have easily left the scene, called police, and agreed to meet them somewhere away from the gas station to report what happened. I just find it hard to believe that if he felt as if he was really defending himself, why did he run? In my experience, people who run and hide are usually guilty of something.
Michael Dunn’s trial date has been set to start on February 3, 2014. I truly hope that justice is served for the young Mr. Davis. I’m writing this because a wrong has been done. A young life was senselessly and violently taken. And I’m writing this to make sure you all are aware. Don’t think for one moment that this does not affect you because you did not know Jordan or you don’t know Michael or you don’t live in Jacksonville. This affects all of us, because what we don’t realize is that if we do not stand up when wrongs occur, it could give someone else in our own backyard the idea to do the same thing. Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.
P.S. This is a wonderfully written article regarding this crime. I hope you all will read it.
- Michael Dunn’s trial in Jordan Davis shooting set for Feb. 3 (jacksonville.com)
- Judge frowns on letters released from jail in Michael Dunn case (jacksonville.com)
- Mother of Jordan Davis blasts Stand Your Ground laws during U.S. Senate hearing (members.jacksonville.com)
- Parents continue fight to repeal law (news4jax.com)