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Is Jordan Davis the New Trayvon Martin? Not Quite

Some are saying that the shooting of 17-year old Jordan Davis is similar to that of Trayvon Martin.  Both were 17-years old and shot by a man who wasn’t black.  Jordan was playing loud music and confronted by a man who eventually opened fire on him.  As a result, Michael David Dunn has been arrested and charged with murder, and Davis is dead.

Jacob Jordan at The Huffington Post says that the cases have some obvious similarities, but striking differences that should be noted.  First and foremost, the shooting of Davis had witnesses, while the Martin case did not. This makes it easier for police to figure out what happened.  Secondly, the two didn’t fight that night before the shooting, as did Martin and George Zimmerman.  Finally, Davis was arrested and charged with murder on the spot, and Zimmerman was not.

The shooting has led to an outpouring of support for the teen, which he may not have received if he’d been like the dozens of other teens who’ve been killed by black men in the last month.    But there is still something strongly political about a black teen being shot by a white man, and this continues to play itself out in the Jordan case.

Jordan’s father, Ron Davis, said that his son’s death should lead to changes in the law.

“Law enforcement should be the only people who should have guns on the street,” he said. “That’s what’s killing our kids more than anything.”

Dunn is claiming that he saw a gun that night, but Davis’ father doesn’t believe him.

“They were just 17-year-old kids that were having a good time, coming from the mall,” he said.

“This case is so far from Trayvon Martin’s case,” Ron Davis said.

University of Miami law professor Tamara Lave, who has closely followed the Martin case, agreed.

“I don’t see how he is going to prevail under `stand your ground,'” Lave, a former public defender in San Diego for 10 years, said of Dunn. “You’re allowed to own a gun. Even if there was a gun in the car, that doesn’t mean the gun was used to threaten him in any way.”



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