Michael Dunn compared himself to women who've been raped and are not believed by the police, according to ABC News, Feb. 18, 2014. In a series of jail cell phone calls that were released by the court on Monday, Dunn is overheard saying that he was the victim in the loud music shooting case, and that he is in the same position as women who have been raped and whose statements are not considered credible by the police:
"I was the one that was being preyed upon and I fought back. It's not quite the same but it made me think of like the old TV shows and movies where like how the police used to think when a chick got raped going, 'Oh, it's her fault because of the way she dressed.' I'm like, 'So it's my fault (laughing) because I asked them to turn their music down."
In the cell phone audio Dunn expressed how fortunate he was that he was alone in his cell and not "in a room with them animals," (referring to the other inmates in jail). Dunn has the next 60 or more years in prison to be so "fortunate," as he serves out his sentence for three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting a gun into a vehicle.
Although Dunn did not evoke the "stand your ground law" in his defense, his case reminded observers of similar cases in which the Florida law has been evoked, including the George Zimmerman case. In that case, Zimmerman evoked the law when he claimed that he was afraid for his life and shot Trayvon Martin. In Dunn's case, the computer software engineer claimed that he was afraid for his life and shot into the vehicle, killing Jordan Davis. He also claimed that he saw a gun in the vehicle and that Davis got out of the vehicle. Neither of Dunn's claims was substantiated by the evidence. Political observers are using this as a rationale for contesting the "stand your ground law" as they did in the Zimmerman case.
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