Here we go again. Another murder trial that has reached national attention of a killing of an unarmed 17-year-old black male in Florida. Another roundabout of the “Stand Your Ground” law that again is being raised and tested in court proceedings. Another incidental duplicate of the Trayvon Martin case in the state of Florida.
The case which has been dubbed “The Loud Music Murder Trial” continues today which began on Feb. 6. This scenario involves Jordan Davis, a teenager who was fatally shot by Michael Dunn that took place at a Jacksonville gas station. Davis and three friends were in a Dodge Durango SUV when the altercation happened the day after Thanksgiving on November 23, 2012. Judge Russell L Healey is presiding over the trial.
Similarities of this trial can be equated with the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman shot an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin. The prosecutor who was in the Zimmerman case, John Guy, is also on the Michael Dunn case. Dunn is claiming self-defense, the same reason Zimmerman gave for killing Martin. Friends of Dunn came forward at the trial, giving positive comments of what type of person he is.
The Florida-Times Union (Jacksonville.com) gave a comment from Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’ Mara, who is a legal analyst for the newspaper. Here is what he commented on in relation to defense attorney Cory Strolla –
There are two guns in the Michael Dunn case. The first gun was shown to us by Angela Corey in court on Saturday, a shiny pistol that held a 15-round clip — the gun that belonged to Michael Dunn. The other gun is a shotgun, the shotgun that Michael Dunn claims he saw in the red Durango before he opened fire. Michael Dunn’s gun is in evidence, but there is no physical evidence that the shotgun ever existed.
Defense attorney Cory Strolla has done a sufficient job demonstrating that if there was a gun, then Jordan Davis’ friends had the opportunity to dispose of it in a nearby plaza. In his cross of the lead investigator, he made good on a promise from his opening statement that he’d show law enforcement didn’t search the plaza until four days after the shooting....
The program “Democracy Now!” hosted by Amy Goodman did an interview (with the help of co-host Juan Gonzalez) with Davis’ mother, Lucia McBath, prosecutor John Guy, and Cory Strolla, defending Michael Dunn. Below is a caption of what was stated in the interview in reference to the “second gun” –
AMY GOODMAN: Like Trayvon, Jordan Davis was a black teenager shot dead in Florida by an older gunman claiming self-defense. During opening arguments Thursday, Assistant State Attorney John Guy said Davis was unarmed and never left his car.
JOHN GUY: And you’ll see, through the photographs, that when the bullets went through Jordan Davis’s closed door, it blew pieces of the inside of the door into the car, big pieces of plastic and rubber into the car, because the door was closed. And they searched the car. There was a basketball in the back. There were basketball shoes. There were clothes. There were the big, 12-inch speakers. There were cups on the floor. There were no weapons, no guns, no bats, no tire irons. There was a camera tripod stuffed under one of the seats. No weapons.
Below is the video of what was further captured in the conversation.
Though the trial does not have the monumental effects of the Trayvon Martin killing with demonstrations and marches, the impression is still the same. For whatever reason, black males are targeted for what is sometimes deemed as inappropriate behavior by society, stereotypes are created and laws are implanted yet ignored in cases such as stop and frisk and racial profiling.
So for Dunn to “go off” and fire his gun numerous times while the SUV was taking off, he was probably hoping that someone would be hit. The alleged fabricated lies he concocted of him being threatened and by him not contacting the police after his malicious deed makes his behavior a matter of guilt.
Today the judge gave jury instructions to come to a decision on a verdict. According to firstcoastnews.com, “the jury appears to be comprised of 5 men (one of whom appears Hispanic) and 7 women (2 African Americans, and one Asian American).”