Trayvon Martin All Over Again: Another Teen Of Color Murdered For Being ‘Threatening’

murderedIt’s a horrible flashback to a case that shocked the country. Like Trayvon Martin in February, another teenager in Florida has been murdered because a grown adult with a gun felt “threatened.” Even though the teen wasn’t armed. Even though his only crime was being a teenager caught in public.

Jordan Davis was coming home from the mall with three of his friends. They were riding in an SUV, and admittedly listening to some loud music. As they stopped to put some gas in the car, Michael Dunn and his girlfriend pulled up. The 45-year-old reportedly asked the teens to turn their music down. When they refused, he picked up a gun and shot at their car eight or nine times, killing 17-year-old Jordan.

After shooting at the car, Dunn didn’t even bother to stop and check out his own destruction. He simply sped away with his girlfriend and spent the night in a hotel. Police tracked him down, and he says that he was getting ready to turn himself in.

Dunn’s legal team is claiming that he saw a shotgun in the SUV before he open-fired on a bunch of kids. The man says he felt “threatened.” We’ve heard this all before. It’s the basis of Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.

The problem with these laws, of course, is that once you’ve killed the person who supposedly made you feel threatened, your “He Said, She Said” case only has one side to share. We can’t hear what Jordan Davis’s side of the story was. He’s gone. His parents are burying their 17-year-old son because some guy at a gas station thought his music was too loud.

To be fair to the Florida police department, they arrested Dunn the day after the murder took place. Davis’s family didn’t have to wait a month and rally for national television coverage before the law enforcement acted on this death. Also, Jordan Davis wasn’t alone. His friends were there to tell what happened from the victim’s point of view.

This death should make all of us think very critically about “Stand Your Ground” laws. Michael Dunn wasn’t defending himself. He was attacking unarmed kids for having their music up too loud. Now, one of those young men is dead. His parents are mourning and his future was cut short.

There’s no mention yet if hoodies were involved. We haven’t seen what Michael Dunn’s attorneys will do to paint Jordan Davis as some type of a threat. But this was a kid. Dunn deserves to be in jail and teenagers deserve to feel safe on the streets of Florida, without the fear of somehow offending an armed aggressor just looking to pick a fight.

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    • Lastango

      Nice conflation. Have a fact-free day.

      • lea

        And what facts would they be?

      • Ittybitty

        If something doesn’t make sense, its usually not true. Why on earth would someone shoot another person bc their music was too loud. This article is skewed. I’m right here with you lastango.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Guerrilla Mom

      This is so infuriating and awful.

    • http://profiles.google.com/arborliberatas Benjamin Coker

      Alleged? Trayvon was murdered? That’s news I guess.

    • Nat

      I hate people. My hope for humanity is dwindling.

    • http://www.facebook.com/syieshaa.coleman Syieshaa Coleman

      this is why i sometimes fear moving from the small town im in to continue my life w/my new family elsewhere , this is very sad ! RIP , prayers go out to thee family &’ friends ..

    • xve298

      We need to hold off judgement until all facts are out. Getting mad without reason over this is just the same. If we allow our knee jerk emotions to run away with us we are doing what we are condemning.

    • Volomon

      White Americans are just worthless scum.