On November 23, 2012, Michael Dunn pulled into a gas station in Jacksonville Florida. He parked next to a red Dodge Durango with four black teens inside playing loud rap music. One of them was Jordan Davis.
Dunn hated the music. “Crap rap” is what he referred to it. He confronted them about it. What happened in the next few moments is speculation. However, what is certain is that Dunn was packing a gun. Soon, he fired ten bullets into the vehicle, killing Davis.
Dunn testified that he was threatened by Davis. He also mentioned seeing a gun sticking out of the vehicle. So, he decided to “stand his ground” and shoot at him and the teens to protect himself. However, it was discovered that there were no guns in the vehicle. There was only a basketball, basketball shoes, clothing a camera tripod and cups. No guns were found in the Durango or in that general area! The only one who had a gun was Dunn.
On February 2014, the trial against Michael Dunn began. It took the jury several days to reach a decision. On February 15, The jury of two black females, one Asian, one Hispanic, four white males and four white females found Dunn guilty of four out of five counts. But the jury was hunged on the charge of murdering Jordan Davis. The prosecutor Angela Corey proclaimed there will be another trial.
Even though Michael Dunn will spend a long time in prison (60 years in fact), the verdicts were bitter sweet. A quick summation would be that he was found guilty of attempted murder, not actual murder. Jordan Davis’ life was apparently not sufficient enough to reach a guilty verdict on that one count.
There are a few questions that need to be asked. Why was Dunn packing in the first place? If Dunn did imagine a gun coming from the adjacent vehicle, why would he? Why didn’t Dunn call the police immediately after the shooting?
The murder points to one conclusion, one we’ve seen before. Dunn feared young black males. He saw the teens that night blasting rap music as thugs and gangstas. So, he took matters into his own hands.
But according to his parents, Davis was a good kid. He was no troublemaker. On the other hand, Michael Dunn’s opinion on black people was less than respectable as revealed in his letters from jail, the first being a letter to his grandmother:
The jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs. This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these (expletive) idiots, when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior.
But he’s not prejudice. Yet…
I’m really not prejudiced against race, but I have no use for certain cultures. This gangster-rap, ghetto talking thug ‘culture’ that certain segments of society flock to is intolerable. They espouse violence and disrespect towards women. The black community here in Jacksonville is in an uproar against me — the three other thugs that were in the car are telling stories to cover up their true “colors.”
Of course, he takes jabs at the “liberal” media for painting him as a bad guy:
I am amazed at what is going on with the way the media has been covering this case. Their [sic] have been several other shootings here in Jacksonville, yet they are all either black-on-black or black-on-white, and none of them have garnered any attention from the media. I guess it’s news when someone dares to not to be a victim, but they are twisting it around sand saying I was the “bad guy.”
And finally, to an unnamed supporter, he writes:
I’m not getting much in the way of sympathy from the press. They’re a bunch of liberal bastards! … They seem to have a lot of racial guilt, or at least the prosecutors [sic] office does. The jail here is almost all black prisoners. You’d think Jacksonville was 90-90% black judging by the makeup of the folks in jail here! … My fear is that if I get 1 black on my jury it will be a mistrial as I am convinced they will be racially biased.
None of the letters came into play during the trial.
Many people are comparing Michael Dunn to George Zimmerman. One thing is clear. Both have a violent and racist hatred for young black males.
UPDATE: Thanks to commenter and blogger Cleonette and an article by the Daily Kos, new light has been shed onto the character of Michael Dunn. A video of an interview with one of Dunn’s former neighbors Charles Hendrix has surfaced on Crooks and Liars and World Star Hip Hop (of all places). Hendrix in the video that lasts over a half hour but well worth the watch, describes Dunn as an abusive, narcissistic, bullying firecracker of an asshole.
Even though this is an important revelation behind the man responsible for the murder of an unarmed teenager, people will still stand behind him nevertheless. Apparently, Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager is still more dangerous than Michael Dunn, a genuine, violent, racist, misogynistic douchebag who may have been looking for something to kill that night as oppose to him being “scared” for his safety.