Florida Man Who Shot Black Teen After Loud Music Dispute Sent Racially Charged Letters From Jail

Jordan DavisJordan Davis – CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Ron Davis

Since the death of Trayvon Martin, reports of individuals who shot and killed others in the street claiming self-defense have proliferated. But one of the most prominent of all goes to trial this week, in a case involving a then-45-year-old man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis after complaining about his loud music.

Defendant Michael Dunn claims he felt threatened after he pulled up next to victim Jordan Davis and his friends at a Jacksonville convenience store parking lot. After Dunn asked Davis and his friends to turn the music down they were playing in their sport utility vehicle, a dispute emerged between them. One witness heard Dunn say, “You are not going to talk to me like that,” according to the police. Dunn then allegedly pulled his gun out of his glove compartment and fired several shots into the SUV where Davis was sitting with three friends. Several witnesses to the shooting say they saw no physical altercation. Dunn then fled the scene and was apprehended by police a day later. Davis died in the arms of his friend in the car, unarmed, according to his father. No guns were found inside the car.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/02/04/3242661/florida-man-shot-black-teen-loud-music-dispute-faces-murder-charge-week/

All Across America

End Stand Your Ground

It’s happening all across America. Whether by a gun, a knife, or other means, far too many people are killed every year by others who have the option to invoke “stand your ground” immunity to try and avoid prosecution.

These amended self-defense laws can allow someone to manipulate a scenario that allows them to cause great bodily harm or take another’s life.

The Movement to End Stand Your Ground is releasing a new 35-second video, “All Across America” today, with images of unarmed “stand your ground” victims, to help call attention to this. Check it out, then share it with everyone you know:

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Homeowner in Renisha McBride’s killing charged with second-degree murder

Joshua Lott / Reuters – A mourner holds a picture of 19-year-old shooting victim Renisha McBride during her funeral service in Detroit on Nov. 8.

A homeowner has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of an unarmed woman on a suburban Detroit porch earlier this month.

Renisha McBride, 19, was killed on Nov. 2 in Dearborn Heights, Mich., when she went to a 54-year-old Theodore Paul Wafer’s porch seeking help after a car crash, according to authorities.

On Friday, hours after the Wayne County prosecutor announced three charges against Wafer — the most serious of which was murder in the second degree — Wafer turned himself in and was arraigned.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/15/21476808-homeowner-in-renisha-mcbrides-killing-charged-with-second-degree-murder