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Michael DunnMichael Dunn of South Patrick Shores, Florida is accused of grabbing a 9mm pistol from his glovebox and firing two volleys of bullets at an SUV containing four teens during a parking-lot argument over loud music. The shots killed Jordan Davis and narrowly missed the other boys.

While in jail Dunn wrote letters to family members, friends and others claiming that he was being treated unfairly by the media and that the court system was biased toward blacks. In a letter to his daughter about “thugs,” he wrote, “This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior,” WTEV News reports

Here’s a bit of demographics describing South Patrick Shores, Florida

White alone – 5,235 (89.1%)
Hispanic – 297 (5.1%)
Asian alone – 133 (2.3%)
Two or more races – 110 (1.9%)
Black alone – 69 (1.2%)
American Indian alone – 25 (0.4%)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone – 3 (0.05%)
Other race alone – 3 (0.05%)

Does this tell you anything? Imagine this guy and his fiancee’ Rhonda Rouer  going down on a Saturday afternoon to Jacksonville, Florida to attend his son’s wedding. Can you imagine the culture shock?
While at the wedding, according to Rhonda Rouer, he kicks back 3 or 4 rum and cokes.  She has a few herself. On the way back to the hotel they decide to pick up a bottle of wine at a convenience store. They’re out of towners, they don’t know squat about the area.  They pull in the parking lot next to an SUV with 4 occupants. The fiancee gets out of their rental car to buy the wine.  While she’s in the store, Michael Dunn hears this loud music coming from the SUV. He hates the music! He rolls down his window to ask the occupants to turn it down.  Initially the occupants comply but then as a second thought they become annoyed and decide to crank it back up.

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As I was telling this story to my son this afternoon, he shockingly admitted to me that he’s done that before.  He’s asked drivers at red lights to turn down their music too.   I asked him, “well, how do they respond, when you roll your car window down and ask them to turn down their music?” He said sometimes they do it and sometimes they don’t.  By the way, he doesn’t own a gun.  He doesn’t need a gun to act like a jerk.

I guess I’m just not a confrontational person.  The way I look at it, I’m only going to be at a red light for two minutes. I’ll just crank up my Moody Blues -Stevie Ray Vaughn – Wet Willie – Foreigner CD louder for the time being and if that doesn’t drown it out, I’ll pause the song until I can get away from the clown.  I’m a “live and let live” type of person but apparently my son is not.

Charges?

“Dunn faces charges of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and shooting or throwing a deadly missile” I can’t explain the last one but I do have a question. Why wasn’t he charged with leaving the scene of a crime?  I KNOW he’s guilty of that!

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Ordinarily I don’t like to blog about racial cases.  I just find them too controversial for discussion and basically a waste of time because in American society, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s just too many other agendas to consider than the crime itself when trying to predict the outcome.  George Zimmerman, case in point. Had I realized the extreme racial divide in Florida, I would have known that George Zimmerman could never be convicted. Whatever, here I am blogging about the murder of Jordan Davis.

During the last few days, my television has been bleeding “Michael Dunn Murder Trial” so I decided to check it out.  As I’m watching HLN, I hear a familiar voice.  It’s no other than John Guy, one of the same prosecutors who miserably failed to convict George Zimmerman.  Whatta kwinky-dinky I thought!

So I listened for an hour or two of this boring monotone voice asking these rhetorical questions and allowing these over-the-top extremely long responses.  I thought,”this is strange.” Usually when a prosecutor finally gets their chance to interrogate the accused, it’s not nice. You expect someone like Nancy Grace screaming at the top of her lungs, not Andy of Mayberry.

I expected “answer the question sir, yes or no!” not allowing Michael Dunn to go into this long ass narrative ending each answer with “I was afraid for my life.” Wow!

But this is another one of  Florida State Prosecutor Angela Corey’s babies and assistant prosecutor John Guy must be her number one boy, right? I succinctly remember the outcome of her last crusade and unfortunately, I’m expecting the same.

Before the trial, the protesting began as expected in this case. Representatives of the New Black Panther Party, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Jacksonville Progressive Coalition waved signs on the Duval County Courthouse lawn seeking justice for 17 year-old Jordan Davis.

Here’s part of what I read…

Fellow coalition member Richard Blake displayed a Justice for Jordan sign.

“What we’re not going to allow is young black men to be gunned down in the city of Jacksonville, or anywhere in Florida or anywhere in this country without repercussions for the killer,” Blake said.

This was noble of Richard Blake to say, I just wish he had said, “What we’re not going to allow is young men to be gunned down in the city of Jacksonville, or anywhere in Florida or anywhere in this country without repercussions for the killer,”  This reminds of  Michael Dunn’s letter to his daughter.

Someone, somewhere in this country has got to know that this doesn’t work.  This is not coming together as a country.  This is a division that the media feeds on and peddles every chance they get.  When a wrong is wrong, no matter who the victim, I want justice.  We should all want justice.

Let Us Pray

TheJBMission~

Sources:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/06/florida-man-black-teen-trial/5257401

http://www.city-data.com/city/South-Patrick-Shores-Florida.html

Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/South-Patrick-Shores-Florida.html#ixzz2t5ww2dAm

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Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old, Florida high school student was shot to death on February 26, 2012. The man who shot him is 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. Criminal charges against Zimmerman have yet to come as most of the country sits in outrage. Thousands of protestors and over a million signatures on a petition are imploring the city of Sanford, Florida for justice.
The exact story has not been released to the public. What has been confirmed;
Trayvon Martin was unarmed, wearing a hoodie, carrying a bag of Skittles in his pocket and carrying a can of iced tea in his hand. George Zimmerman made a call to 911 to report a suspicious person walking through the gated community that he appointed himself to watch.
Within 2 minutes after that call, Trayvon Martin lies dead in the courtyard with a bullet in his chest, seconds before law enforcement arrived. George Zimmerman was taken into custody for questioning, later released unscathed, un-indicted and is living as a free man under the guise of the “Stand Your Ground Law” of the state of Florida.

Stand Your Ground Law as defined by Wikipedia.com

A stand-your-ground law states that a person may use deadly force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat, without an obligation to retreat first. In some cases, a person may use deadly force in public areas without a duty to retreat. Under these legal concepts, a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations and the “stand your ground” law would be a defense or immunity to criminal charges and civil suit. The difference between immunity and a defense is that an immunity bars suit, charges, detention and arrest. A defense permits a plaintiff or the state to seek civil damages or a criminal conviction. More than half of the states in the United States have adopted the Castle doctrine, stating that a person has no duty to retreat when their home is attacked. Some states go a step further, removing the duty of retreat from any location. “Stand Your Ground”, “Line In The Sand” or “No Duty To Retreat” laws thus state that a person has no duty or other requirement to abandon a place in which he has a right to be, or to give up ground to an assailant. Under such laws, there is no duty to retreat from anywhere the defender may legally be.[1] Other restrictions may still exist; when in public, a person must be carrying the firearm in a legal manner, whether concealed or openly.

What if I wake up one morning at 2AM and on a whim decide to pack a gun which I have a license to carry, drive to a random area, get out of my car, walk down a public street in a well known dangerous, crime ridden part of town and shoot anyone who approaches me, is that acceptable? Should I be able to do this without ever having to spend one day in jail? What if I want to do this everyday?
Is this a license to kill?

ABC reports:
The lead homicide investigator in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin recommended that neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter the night of the shooting, multiple sources told ABC News.
But Sanford, Fla., Investigator Chris Serino was instructed to not press charges against Zimmerman because the state attorney’s office headed by Norman Wolfinger determined there wasn’t enough evidence to lead to a conviction, the sources told ABC News.
Wolfinger has since removed himself from the case.

George Zimmerman’s arrest record:

ZUAZO, VERONICA vs. ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE M
08/09/2005
Div 44
44, TBA
Domestic Violence
Closed – SRS
2005-DR-013069-O
ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE M vs. ZUAZO, VERONICA A
08/10/2005
Div 46
White, Keith F
Domestic Violence
Closed – SRS
There was a resisting an officer without violence charge:
07/18/2005
Orlando
Miller, W Michael
Misdemeanor
Closed
CR-RESISTING OFFICER WITHOUT VIOLENCE
2005-DR-012980-O
And, most disturbingly, a case where he was charged with resisting an officer with violence.
2005-CF-009525-A-O
ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE MICHAEL
10/05/1983
07/18/2005
Div 10
OKane, Julie H
Criminal Felony
Closed
CR-RESISTING OFFICER WITH VIOLENCE
BATTERY ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

All three cases are closed. Resisting an officer with violence is a felony. If charged and found guilty George Zimmerman would not have been allowed to own a gun.
 911 Calls:

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/seminole_news/031612-911-calls-released-in-Sanford-shooting#ixzz1pPx4jEYO

Who is screaming for help? Is it Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman and does it really matter.
In my interpretation of the law, considering it was George Zimmerman who was the pursuer, who drove his car to follow Trayvon Martin, after ignoring law enforcement’s instruction, not to follow him, then got out of his car and approached Trayvon Martin, at that point it is Trayvon Martin who is “Standing His Ground”.
Had Trayvon Martin legally owned a gun and shot George Zimmerman, he would be alive today, but sadly I doubt he would be free.
Trayvon more than likely would be sitting in jail awaiting trial for manslaughter or considering this is the State or Florida, possibly First Degree Murder.

The word “Vigilante” comes to mind as I recall from one of the 911 tapes, Zimmerman says, “these assholes always get away”. I think there’s another asshole who got away.
Sanford Police Department should revaluate this case and seek to indict George Zimmerman so the public has a chance to learn the truth of what happened that rainy evening at about 7:30pm.   If he is found guilty in a court of law, George Zimmerman should face the consequences like a man just like the thousands of other young men who have made bad decisions. He’ll survive just like his peers in prison.

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A people free to choose will always choose peace
Ronald Reagan

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theJBMission~

Sources:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/trayvon-martin-investigator-wanted-charge-george-zimmerman-manslaughter/story?id=16011674#.T3JPwI6vo_f

http://www.examiner.com/liberal-in-baltimore/killer-of-trayvon-martin-is-son-of-retired-orange-county-magistrate-judge

Timeline of Events
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/trayvon-martin-case-timeline-of-events/

Note*  This picture of Trayvon and his girlfriend shows his stature as long and lean.  It’s be en reported that Trayvon is approx. 6’2″,  140lb – 150 lbs.

Trayvon & his girlfriend

Cristian Fernandez

On March 14, 2011, while most of us were discussing pre-trial motions in the murder trial of Caylee Marie Anthony, a 2 ½ year old child David died a violent death by the hands of his 12 year old halfbrother.

His name is Cristian Fernandez, and he is the youngest person to be charged with murder as an adult in Jacksonville’s history.

The medical examiner ruled 2 ½ year old David’s death a homicide, caused by blunt-force trauma. The boy’s mother Biannela Susana was not at home at the time of the incident. Police said while David was laying on his bed unconscious, his brother Cristian called his mother, who then came home.

Susana, 25, is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and felony child abuse.
She’s being held in jail on a $1 million dollar bond and faces up to 30 years if convicted.

This case has sparked international outrage. More than 170,000 people have signed an online petition urging the prosecutor to try the boy as a juvenile yet prosecutor Angela Corey disagrees, claiming she has compassion for Cristian yet she has to follow Florida law.

According to the 2009 Bureau of Justice Statistics, the home state of “DisneyLand” has sent more juveniles into the adult prison population than any other state. Better think twice before bringing the kiddies to Florida this summer for vacation.

For the record, the state of Florida has sent 393 juveniles into adult population. Following are the state of Connecticut with 332, North Carolina with 213, New York with 157 and Texas with 156. If I do the math, this means that Florida sends more than twice as many kids into our adult prison system than the other states of the nation. That’s impressive in a negative sort of way.

Cristian Fernandez has lived the most heart wrenching life imaginable.
Cristian, born to a 12 year old mother, grandson to a full fledged drug addicted grandmother, endured the wrath on an abusive step-father who during the investigation and his upcoming arrest for abusing his stepson Cristian, put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger in front of his children. Cristian the oldest of his mother’s 3 children, had sadly witnessed the entire ordeal.

Psychological reports say Cristian has shown violent behavior dating back from the age of 3, including killing a kitten for scratching him on the face. The report noted details of public indecency, an incident in which he simulated a sex act on a male twice his age and the sexual assault of his surviving half brother.
Prosecutors contend that Fernandez repeatedly slammed 2 year old David Galarraga’s head on a book shelf to kill him.

The psychological report shows Fernandez’s perception of the death from Dr. Meadow’s interview.

“He said that he picked up his younger brother and pushed him into the bookcase. He said that his brother was bleeding and unresponsive so he carried him to the bed and called his mother.

“Cristian denied any plans or intent to kill his brother. He seemed rather defensive about discussing what triggered his anger. He talked about having a flashback of the abuse by his stepfather as the motive for this offense.”

The stepfather he is referring to is Luis Galarraga who shot himself to death in front of Fernandez’s younger sibling in October of 2010, as the Hialeah police were coming to arrest him for abusing Cristian.

Five months after the suicide, the family moved to Jacksonville. Court papers say Cristian had enrolled at Kernan Middle School. He was a straight-A sixth-grade student at the time of his arrest.

State Attorney Angela Corey and Assistant State Attorney Mark Caliel filed the papers to combat a written request Public Defender Matt Shirk had made to asking to allow Fernandez to await trial at a juvenile facility. Cristian had spent three weeks, 23 hours a day in isolation at the Duval County jail. Due to the psychological report, he was allowed to wait at the juvenile facility.

In writing his report, Dr. William Meadows, forensic psychologist also took into account past abuse where Fernandez had been a victim. In a standardized test it labeled him a high risk for future violence.

It’s what happened after Cristian called his mother is where this case becomes questionable. Who’s really to blame for David’s death?

Biannela Susana

A doctor at St. Luke’s told a police officer that had the toddler been treated sooner, he may have survived.
When Biannela Susana arrived home and saw her 2 year old unconscious on the bed, instead of calling for help or bring the child directly to the hospital, she decided to check the internet. Her laptop commuter shows she searched “when some (sic) gets knocked out” at 10:54am. At 2:15pm, “when your unconscious for hours”. At 2:38 pm, “concussions on chldren.” She also checked her Wachovia bank account before getting help for the 2 ½ year old toddler David.
Cristian Fernandez’s public defenders argue all of the blame belongs to Cristian’s mother not her 12 year old son. It was also reported that David sustained a broken leg months earlier while under the care of Cristian which should have been a warning to his mother that Cristian was not capable of babysitting.

While I see the indications that Cristian may be on the road to serial killing, I also believe he is a perfect candidate for psychiatric treatment instead of spending the rest of his life in prison. In a secure psychiatric facility, under daily treatment and guidance of trained professional psychologists for 10 or so years, he could possibly become the young man God intended him to be.

Another benefit for mental help as opposed to prison is if society commits Cristian to a mental hospital, it’s a fact that in a mental insanity commitment, there is no day of release. He can only be released when he is cured and fit to be a member of society.

As an example, John Hinckley Jr. who was found mentally insane for his assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. As of 2010, John Hinckley had spent 28 years incarcerated; he’s now 54 years old. Hinckley was finally being prepared to leave St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatric Hospital, by allowing him 12 weeks a year of unsupervised visitation with his mother at her home in Virginia.
Considering the crime itself, arbitrarily he could never be deemed fit for release except for the fact that he comes from a very wealthy family. Society could be very harsh.

The same could be for Cristian Fernandez. What better specimen could the mental professionals ask for than a child turned murderer, who was severely abused, physically, sexually and emotionally, acted out his hatred on his younger 2 year old brother?

Cristian Fernandez is a treasure trove of mental information. The amount of knowledge to be garnered from young Cristian is priceless. What could be learned from young Cristian, in a way would make David’s death not in vain and at the same time to help society.

How will we ever know if mental help works if we never use it?

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TheJBMission~

Sources:

Save Cristian Read Story here:
http://savecristian.tumblr.com/about

http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2011-06-24/story/new-documents-show-12-year-old-killed-kitten-sexually-abused-brother

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/19/boy-12-charged-with-murder-as-adult-in-florida/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reagan_assassination_attempt

Search News Reports here:
http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/cristian-fernandez

Sign Petition
http://www.change.org/petitions/reverse-decision-to-try-12-yo-cristian-fernandez-as-an-adult

Beware of the Dogs

 

There is a sad story about a wrongly convicted man named Bill Dillon, who spent 27 years in a Florida prison for a heinous murder he did not commit.  He was only 21 years old at the time of the murder. Dog handler John Preston testified in court that he and his scent-tracking German shepherd connected Dillon to the killer’s bloody T-shirt. Preston said his dog, Harass 2, even tracked Dillon’s scent repeatedly in later tests.

Eventually, Dillon was convicted partly because of Preston and his track dog Harrass2. 

Preston was discredited in 1984, after a Florida judge who had become suspicious of Preston set up his own test for Harrass 2. The dog failed terribly.

Documents obtained by CNN show he could not even follow a scent for 100 feet. The judge determined the dog could track successfully only when his handler had advance knowledge of the case.

Dillon thinks Preston and his scent-tracking dog were part of a larger conspiracy.

“Preston could lead the dog to the suspect or the evidence,” alleges Dillon, but “any cases that were weak, not good enough to go to the jury, they [the prosecution] fed Preston information, paid him good money to come and lie.”

Florida’s Attorney General told CNN it is not aware of any evidence of a conspiracy involving John Preston and his dog.

Though Preston was discredited, Florida never reviewed cases on which he’d testified . And nobody ever told Dillon — who sat in prison another 20 years before he found out. It wasn’t until 2006 that he heard Preston was a fake.

Florida’s Innocence Project believes dozens of inmates around the country may have been wrongly convicted as a result of John Preston and his dog. It is calling for an investigation of those cases. Meanwhile, Preston, the dog’s handler, died. He was never charged with a crime.

A FLORIDA TODAY report on Sunday found more than 15 cases where the state or Brevard County law enforcement agencies used Preston. In one case, that of confessed serial killer Gerald Stano, Preston claimed his dog could track an 81/2-year-old scent. He was also used in cases against Juan Ramos and Wilton Dedge — both of whom have been released from prison after being exonerated.

In Dillon’s case, Preston testified that his dog tracked Dillon’s scent from a wadded up piece of paper to Dillon and to a bloody yellow T-shirt prosecutors say was worn by the killer. But last year DNA testing on sweat stains on the collar and inside the armpit areas of the shirt showed someone else’s DNA and not Dillon’s.

“Do you feel Preston put you into prison?” Kaye asked.

“Yes,” Dillon said. “Yes I do.”

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20090623/NEWS01/906230328/1006/CNN+tells+William+Dillon+s+story+this+week

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