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Florida Man Shoots Unarmed Black Teen After Argument Over Music

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Florida’s controversial "Stand Your Ground" law is back in the spotlight after an African-American teenager was shot dead by a 45-year-old white man in Jacksonville.

Seventeen-year-old Jordan Russell Davis was killed Tuesday following an argument over music volume. Davis and his friends were sitting inside an SUV when Michael David Dunn pulled up in a car and asked them to turn their music down. Following an argument, Dunn shot eight or nine times into the car, fatally hitting Jordan Russell Davis, who was sitting in the backseat. Dunn’s lawyer said he acted in self-defense. Dunn told police he felt threatened and thought he saw a gun inside the teenagers’ SUV, but no gun was recovered from the vehicle. The shooting has already prompted comparisons to the death of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed 17-year-old African American who was shot dead by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, on February 26.  

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