Upon hearing the gunshots, Dunnâs girlfriend drove off. Amazingly, Dunn returned to his Brevard County home along with his partner but was promptly arrested Saturday night, after witnesses provided tag numbers and other important details.
Even though Dunn has since been charged with second-degree murder, Dunn, a software developer and gun collector, may have protection under the controversial âStand Your Groundâ law that George Zimmerman is using as justification for shooting and murdering Trayvon.
In response, civil Rights group the Advancement Project has rallied their legal team to call for a repeal of the law.
Advancement Project Co-Director Judith Browne Dianis released the following statement on Wednesday:
We canât 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. Itâs no surprise that the most high-profile cases surrounding the law both involve Black teenage boys who appeared âthreateningâ to their assailants. Itâs bad public policy that must be repealed now.
Without the full details, much can be speculated upon. What is evident is that Dunn, like Zimmerman before him, took matters in to his own hands by refusing to follow the proper protocol of alerting the authorities. Regardless of the exchange, Dunnâs response to a handful of young men posing no obvious threat to him was excessive and out of line. Should Dunn get to weasel out of serving justice for the slaying of Davis, Florida will once again become a powder keg of racial tension.