USA. Il abat un jeune noir parce qu'il écoutait la musique trop fort

Nouveau crime raciste aux USA: Il abat un jeune noir parce qu’il écoutait la musique «trop fort»

Encore un crime raciste en Floride aux Etats-Unis. Un jeune Noir qui écoutait de la musique dans sa voiture a été assassiné en Floride par un homme blanc qui lui reproche d’écouter de la musique ‘’trop fort’’.

Le criminel blanc, Michael Dunn de 47 ans s’est expliqué devant les juges ce mardi. «Légitime défense» a-t-il plaidé. Selon le rapport des faits présenté par le criminel, il aurait demandé à des adolescents noirs qui écoutaient de la musique dans leur véhicule stationné dans une station-service d’abaisser le volume de la musique mais ceux-ci n’auraient pas obtempéré. Au même moment, le jeune serait sorti du véhicule et il aurait à cet instant cru que s’était pour s’en prendre à lui.

A en croire Michael, les jeunes étaient en possession d’une arme à feu. Et craignant pour sa vie et celle de sa fiancée qui étaient avec lui, il a ouvert le feu sur le véhicule, pour les dissuader.

Aux dernières nouvelles, la police dans ses investigations n’a pas retrouvé d’armes chez les jeunes. Selon les jeunes, ils n’avaient rien fait de menaçant qui puisse expliquer l’acte criminel de Michael Dunn.

Olivier Ribouis

La nouvelle Tribune


Loud music shooter Michael Dunn trial hears closing arguments

Michael Dunn, 47, pleaded not guilty, said he acted in self-defence in shooting death of teenProsecutors and defence attorneys are making their closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of a white Florida man charged with fatally shooting a black teen following an argument over loud music.Both sides were to sum up their cases in the first-degree murder trial of 47-year-old Michael Dunn. Jurors could begin deliberating Wednesday afternoon.

Dunn trial echoes George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case

Dunn has pleaded not guilty, saying he acted in self-defence when he fatally shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga., outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012.

The defence rested Tuesday after calling Dunn to testify.

9 shots fired

In his testimony, Dunn told jurors he was in Jacksonville with his fiancee, Rhonda Rouer, to attend his son’s wedding. He had brought along on the trip his seven-month-old dog, and at one point in testimony, he wiped away tears when talking about his fiancee and dog.

Dunn said he and Rouer went to the convenience store for wine and chips. He said he pulled into a spot next to an SUV where music with a “thumping” bass was playing.

“It got really loud,” Dunn said. “My rear view mirror was shaking. My eardrums were vibrating. It was ridiculously loud.”

Dunn said he asked the three men in the SUV to turn down the music and they turned it off. “I said, ‘Thank you,”‘ Dunn said. But soon afterward, Dunn said he heard someone in the SUV shouting expletives and the word “cracker” at him. Dunn is white, and the teens in the SUV were black. Cracker is a derogatory term for white people.

The music was turned back on, and Dunn testified, “I wasn’t going to ask for favours anymore.”

Dunn said the men in the SUV had “menacing expressions,” and he asked the teens whether they were talking about him. He said he wanted to calm down the situation but saw a teen in the backseat reach down for something which he slammed into the car door. Dunn said it looked as if the barrel of a shotgun was sticking out the window.

One of the teens stepped out of the SUV, Dunn said, and he felt “this was a clear and present danger.” He reached for his pistol in a glove box.

Dunn, who had a concealed weapons permit, fired nine shots into the car, according to an affidavit. Once his fiancee returned to the car, he drove off out of fear of the SUV returning, he said.

He described having “tunnel vision,” with everything focused on his target.

No weapons were found in the SUV.

Davis never a threat, prosecutor claims

Dunn said he told Rouer on the drive back to the hotel that he had shot in self-defence. But Rouer, called by prosecutors as a rebuttal witness, said Dunn never told her he thought Davis had a gun.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Dunn said he told her.

Dunn and Rouer drove back to their hotel and Dunn said he didn’t call the police because his focus was on the well-being of Rouer, whom he described as in hysterics. The next morning, Dunn said, Rouer insisted she wanted to go home and they drove back to their home in Brevard County, about 282 kilometres away. There, Dunn said he contacted a neighbour who is in law enforcement for advice on how to turn himself in to authorities.

During cross-examination, prosecutor John Guy challenged Dunn’s assertion that he had told Rouer after the shooting that he thought one of the teens had a gun.

“You never told the love of your life that those guys had a gun,” Guy said. “Did you?”

Dunn responded, “You were not there.”

Guy challenged Dunn on other parts of his story, citing letters Dunn had written from jail and interviews with investigators. The prosecutor said Dunn had told detectives the day after the shooting that it could have been a stick he saw pointing from the vehicle. But Dunn countered he was just suggesting a far-fetched possibility.

Guy also suggested that Dunn was angry because he was being disrespected by a young black man. Dunn responded, “I was being threatened, not disrespected.”

The prosecutor also said Dunn had stated in a jailhouse letter that his car was parked so close to the SUV that it would have been hard for him to exit. Guy said that meant Davis also would have had a hard time getting out of the SUV.

“Jordan Davis was never a threat to you, was he, Mr. Dunn?” Guy said.

Dunn responded, “Absolutely, he was.”

CBC Canada


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