Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis’ parents talk about the future and gun laws

USA TODAY, February 25, 2014

By Yamiche Alcindor

The parents of Jordan Davis hope to protect the late teen’s legacy, change stand-your-ground laws across the country and bring out more of their son’s character in his killer’s retrial, the pair told USA TODAY.

Lucia McBath, 53, of Atlanta, and Ron Davis, 60, of Jacksonville, have been on a mission motivated by grief since losing their 17-year-old son. A hung jury and unauthorized use of Jordan Davis’ name and photo has now added fuel to their efforts to impact gun laws and racial discrimination.

However, some, including Mark O’Mara, the former attorney for George Zimmerman, say changing stand-your-ground laws will do little to impact systemic and societal prejudices.

“We want America and the world to acknowledge that this act was unconscionable,” Ron Davis told USA TODAY of his son’s murder. ” You (Michael Dunn) should not have shot our 17-year-old baby. He was defenseless. He had no gun or anything. You took it upon yourself to end his life and we want you to pay for that.” (more…)

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Again, a black teen is shot, but cases are not the same

USA TODAY, February 12, 2014

By Yamiche Alcindor

Once again, the nation watches as the man accused of fatally shooting a black teen is tried in Florida.

Michael Dunn, 47, shot Jordan Davis, 17, on Nov. 23, 2012. Within days, the public began comparing him to George Zimmerman, then 28, who killed Trayvon Martin, also 17, on Feb 26, 2012.

The same Florida prosecutors say both men murdered unarmed boys. Dunn and Zimmerman are adamant that, in fear for their lives, they acted in self-defense.

Dunn testified Tuesday that after firing several shots at Davis, he drove away because he thought no one had been hurt.

Closing arguments could come Wednesday.

Both cases have sparked outrage from people who say the killings show the deadly effects of racial profiling.

“From a social and a family perspective, there are a lot of similarities,” says Keisha Bentley-Edwards, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin who studies race, adolescence and academic and social development. “You have unarmed black teens who were acting normally and treated in a very egregious fashion. You have someone without any official authority imposing a sense of authority and enforcing it with lethal means.” (more…)