Monday, January 26, 2015


Your freedom ends where your fist approaches my nose. Your freedom ends where your music is so loud, it makes my life uncomfortable. But the penalty for that offense is not death.

Phyllis Carter

This is about the killing of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The film, "3 1/2 Minutes," tells the story of what happened on Nov. 23, 2012, when four teenagers pulled into a Florida gas station to buy gum and cigarettes. 

They were soon confronted by Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man who pulled in next to them in the parking lot. Dunn demanded the boys turn down the music they were playing, and became angry when they refused. 

He pulled his gun from his glove box and shot at their car 10 times, even as they tried to drive away from the danger. The shots rang out three-and-a-half minutes after Dunn had arrived. In the hail of bullets, Jordan Davis was killed. 

After the shooting, Dunn fled the scene, went to a hotel with his girlfriend and ordered pizza. He never called the police. In the murder trial that followed, Davis' parents attended every day, knowing that the prior year, George Zimmerman - the killer of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, also in Florida - had successfully avoided being convicted. Both cases highlighted the state's problematic Stand Your Ground law. 

Credit: "3 1/2 Minutes"
Democracy Now

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