News: 50 Cent Rallies Behind Slain Teen: "First Trayvon Martin Now Jordan Davis Killed For Playing Music Too Loud"
Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 12:05PM
G-Unit leader 50 Cent is speaking out to help rally support for slain Florida teenager Jordan Davis after finding out he lost his life over having music playing in public.
Fif hopped on his Twitter page and brought the national story to his 8.1 million followers' attention.
"First Trayvon Martin now Jordan Davis killed in a gas station for playing music to loud whats next.SMSaudio," Fif tweeted Tuesday (December 4).
"The state of Florida does not value black and white life the same. Why isn't this being covered? JORDAN DAVIS"
"Do you no who Jordan Davis is ? TURN YOUR MUSIC UP #########SMSaudio"
"He might say hip hop shot Jordan Davis RT@SaviSenga:@50cent I read about this I'm 18 and this Angers me.I wonder ... http://tmi.me/BBMJV"
"We don't know if it was over color but I bet everything I have the music was hip hop they were playing loud. SMSaudio" (50 Cent's Twitter)
The shooter proclaimed his innocence at a court hearing last week.
The man accused of shooting a 17-year-old Wolfson High School student to death Friday night at a gas station during an argument over loud music waived his first court appearance in Jacksonville Wednesday. But while Michael David Dunn wasn't in court, the 45-year-old Melbourne man's attorneys were as he was officially charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Jordan Russell Davis. Dunn's attorney, Robin Lemonidis of Melbourne, stated her client "absolutely" saw someone with a shotgun in the red sport-utility vehicle next to his car at the convenience store that night. (The Florida Times-Union)
A local authoritative figure addressed the crime and agreed Dunn is at fault.
"It was loud," Jacksonville homicide Lt. Rob Schoonover said of the teens' music. "They admitted that. That's not a reason for someone to open fire." After an exchange of words, Dunn began shooting with a handgun, Schoonover said. "Nobody else in that vehicle was struck; it was just our victim [Davis], which was lucky because the vehicle was shot eight or nine times," Schoonover said. (NBC News)
Jordan Davis' father has since come forward to speak out.
"We can't wait until another Black child is killed in Florida before the state sees the fallacy of Stand Your Ground. This law is not about self-defense. It is a criminal protection law. It not only sanctions killing a person at will if one feels threatened, but it reflects racial biases in how it is evoked and enforced. It's no surprise that the most high-profile cases surrounding the law both involve Black teenage boys who appeared 'threatening' to their assailants. It's bad public policy that must be repealed now." (Jacksonville)