Loud Music Murder Trial Part 3

This is Part 3.  Previously I wrote Part 1 and Part 2.

A Florida man charged with shooting a teenager to death over loud music was found guilty in the retrial of his first-degree murder case. The verdict was reached after less than six hours of deliberations.

Michael Dunn, 47, was accused of killing Jordan Davis, 17, in November 2012. He was convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder in February, but the jury in that trial was deadlocked on the first-degree murder count. He already faced at least 60 years in prison and, with a conviction of first-degree murder, faces life without parole.

Dunn and his fiancee, Rhonda Rouer, had stopped at a Jacksonville convenience store on their way back from Dunn’s son’s wedding the night they encountered Davis. Rouer was inside buying chips and wine when Dunn got into an argument with four teens in an SUV next to him and allegedly started shooting when the teens refused to turn down their music. One of the shots killed Davis.

Jury Finds Michael Dunn Guilty in Loud-Music Killing Retrial, NBC News 

I wish this changed things.  I wish this made everything OK.  But it doesn’t for Jordan Davis.  He is still dead.  He could have been nothing, he could have been great.  But we’ll never know because he is gone.

I wish this changed how we interact, but it doesn’t, especially in gun happy Texas, but it doesn’t.  I have to assume that everyone out there has a gun on them and that they are afraid of me to the point that they would pull it out and end my life over little to nothing.

I wish this changed how I would talk to my son or daughter about dealing with people but it doesn’t.  At this point I am convinced that I won’t be having any children because I am not offering up a lamb to be slaughtered by this country.

I wish this changed things, but it just doesn’t.

*Repost* Loud Music Trial Part 2

This is called a Repost because I posted it an another blog.  Now that I have this one I am posting it here.  

1.  This is a tweet that I tweeted:

2. From a friend’s facebook:
“Like it or not juries have shown repeatedly that young black males who argue in an aggressive manner can be killed and nothing will be done. So sit down with your kids and talk with them. It is wrong, but you have to teach your kids how to stay alive. Had Mr. Dunn not shot at the car a second time as it drove away he would be on his way home today.”

3.  From an intelligent person online:

Jordan Davis had a mother and a father. It did not save him. Trayvon Martin had a mother and a father. They could not save him. My son has a father and mother. We cannot protect him from our country, which is our aegis and our assailant. We cannot protect our children because racism in America is not merely a belief system but a heritage, and the inability of black parents to protect their children is an ancient tradition.

4.  A good tweet.

5.  I’m never having kids.  Nope.  Never.   Forget about it.

*Repost* Loud Music Trial Part 1

This is called a Repost because I posted it an another blog.  Now that I have this one I am posting it here.  

1.  Relevant Facebook thing:

2.  Relevant Words

With that said, there’s another way to look at this. If Dunn had killed Davis and his friends—or if he had killed Davis without shooting afterwards—then, by to the logic of the jury, he would have escaped punishment altogether. Which provides a guide, of sorts, for future killers, racist or otherwise. Claim fear, kill your target, and either do so away from people, or be sure to kill any witnesses. As long as you can portray the witnesses as also threatening, it seems like you could avoid jail time.

Which, you know, is insane, both in what it says about Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law—your best bet for getting away with murder is to shoot first and kill everyone—and what it says about the value of black lives vis-à-vis the state’s legal system. According to the criminal justice system of Florida, you are right to fear African-American men, and if you decide to act on that fear with violence, then you stand a good chance of avoiding conviction, on account of a jury that—more likely than not—will sympathize with your fear.

The facts back this up. In states with “Stand Your Ground,” homicides with a white perpetrator and a black victim are most likely to be ruled “justifiable.” By contrast, it is least likely—by a factor of ten—for black on white homicides to receive the same designation.

Jamelle Bouie, “Michael Dunn Trial: White Fear Matters More Than Black Lives

3.  It wasn’t Rap Music.

4.  Horrible:

An Arkansas man shot and killed a 15-year-old girl this weekend after she and other pranksters egged a car outside his house, police said.

Willie Noble, 48, of Little Rock has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Adrian Broadway, according to Little Rock Police Lt. Sidney Allen. Noble and Broadway are African American.

Noble allegedly ran out of his house and opened fire just before 1 a.m. Saturday, Allen told The Times. Broadway and a half dozen other teens had dumped a mix of eggs, mayonnaise and leaves on a car outside his home in a middle class area of southwest Little Rock, Allen said.

Arkansas man charged with killing a 15-year-old prankster

5.  What does it all mean?  Is it that the lives of black people don’t matter?  If they matter, who do they matter to?  And what do you teach your children on how to live?

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6. Relevant CNN thing: