Augusta NAACP reaction to Michael Dunn verdict

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- On Sunday, many Augusta Churches and pastors held a special prayer for the family of a Georgia teen who was killed after an argument over loud music.

A Florida jury found Michael Dunn guilty on four charges, including second degree attempted murder. Police say Dunn shot up an SUV with teens inside after asking them to turn their music down.

Jordan Davis, 17, was killed in the shooting.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the first degree murder charge and the judge declared a mistrial on that charge alone.

The state plans to retry Dunn for first degree murder. Augusta's NAACP President says this is sending a wrong message about the value of a young black teenager's life.

He got emotional as he talked about the verdict.

"You're looking at young African Americans killed in cold blood. All you can feel is hurt, disgust and disbelief knowing that a person can just walk up and shoot you. It can happen in Georgia or anywhere," said Augusta Branch NAACP President Dr. Charles Smith.

Dr. Smith says the NAACP plans to bring in the national group "Saving Our Sons" to make this a teachable moment for young African Americans.

Dunn faces up to 60 years in prison on the other charges. Today if Jordan Davis was alive he would have turned 19 years old.

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