Michael Dunn Found Guilty In ‘Loud Music’ Trial
The jurors determining the fate of a white Florida man accused of killing an unarmed black teenager over an argument springing from that teen’s alleged refusal to turn down loud music returned a verdict on today. They found the accused, Michael Dunn, guilty of 4 charges (three being attempted second-degree murder) and hung on the 5th charge, first-degree murder.
Dunn insisted that he acted in self-defense when he fired a gun at four teens in an SUV in Jacksonville, Florida in 2012. Dunn was charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of first-degree murder of one of those teens, 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
The racial tensions that have arisen as the result of this case have forced Duval County law enforcement to put in place a “comprehensive public safety plan” designed to cope with the potential for violence the verdict in this case could inspire.
Some have linked this case to the case against George Zimmerman for the murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, another unarmed black teenager killed by an armed white Hispanic man. However, there were no incidents of mass violence as a result of Zimmerman having been acquitted in that case in the summer of 2013.
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