The day before Jordan Davis's would be 19th birthday his murderer is convicted of the lesser charges while the jury hangs on the murder charge. Another teen is slain and thanks to the stand your ground law in Florida his family is having a very difficult time getting justice for their son.
What other than race made the boy so intimidating to Dunn? What kind of message is this sending to black youth?
The verdict came back late Saturday after a judge ask them to try one more time to reach a verdict on all charges.
Dunn was looking at 4 separate charges after he fired his gun into a SUV filled with young black men because their music was blaring which sparked an argument. Even though he was not too scared to argue with the teens, and he was armed hence proven by his shooting at the teens and killing one of them the jury still found it impossible to convict the evil eyed Dunn on murder.
Michael Dunn was found guilty on 4 charges, 3 of which were "attempted second-degree murder." This alone is enough to equal to a life sentence at his age, and it is unlikely he will be able to live in general population with the conviction safely, but where is the justice for Jordan?
Many are asking why there is not an outcry like that seen with the Trayvon Martin case. Well, where is the justice for these black males regardless of the community's, the nation's demands for it? The system is simply not set up to protect black men.
Some of the laws still in place are equal to living in a sundown town. You risk your life by even being out of your neighborhood, or in some cases like Trayvon's, just for being a black male.
When Dunn was sentenced he showed no remorse whatsoever.
His lawyer, Cory Strolla stated, "Dunn looked ahead solemnly with a frown but no tears in disbelief." Strolla also said, "Even as he sat next to me, he asked, how is this happening; it has not set in. I don't think it will set in anytime soon."
Jordan Davis was 17 years old when he was murdered by Dunn. "Dunn claimed his life was threatened and that he thought the teen had brandished a firearm. According to Police, they were not able to obtain evidence to support Dunn’s claim."
Several judges refused to even handle the trial. Maybe they didn't want the young man’s blood on their hands?
This seems like an echo of the past to the Trayvon Martin case that took place only a little over 100 miles from the Dunn case.
Corey, whose office also handled the Zimmerman case stated, "Justice for Jordan Davis is as important as it is for any victim."
Where is the justice for Jordan? Dunn was convicted on everything but his murder.
The satisfaction is supposed to be that Dunn will spend the rest of his life in prison, but the truth is unless the next jury finds him guilty of murder, it won’t be for killing Davis.
Davis's mother, Lucia McBath, showed grace and dignity as she released her statement to the press. She said, ""so very happy to have just a little bit of closure; it's sad for Mr. Dunn that he will live the rest of his life in that sense of torment, and I will pray for him."
Dunn fired 10 shots into the SUV at a connivance store because he didn't like their rap music and he ask them to turn it down. Dunn's claim is that he was threatened, and that he thought he saw a barrel of a gun from the Durango's window. He then drove a total of 40 miles to the bed and breakfast as if he had done nothing wrong. He took his dog for a walk, ordered food, had a few drinks and took a nap.
Even Dunn's fiancé who was on the scene reports not only never seeing a weapon, but that Dunn never mentioned seeing one either. Furthermore, no gun was found on the scene.
Even after finding out he killed Davis, Dunn never phoned the police.
Trayvon Martins family has showed a great deal of support to Jordan Davis's family. They say it is a reminder that in Florida "racial profiling and stereotypes" not only serves as a "basis for illegitimate fear and the shooting and killing of young teenagers."
Again, the lack of closure in Jordan's death came just one day before what would have been his 19th birthday.