This week must be the week where middle-aged men who shot unarmed black teenagers declare that they are the real victim in the situation. A day after George Zimmerman claimed he was the victim in the Trayvon Martin shooting, it was revealed that Michael Dunn also considers himself a victim.
Back in 2012, Michael Dunn opened fire on a car of unarmed teenagers after they refused to turn down their “thug music” and allegedly called him a cracker. Dunn, who ended up killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis, argued that he fired at the teens after they threatened him and raised a shotgun or something that resembled one. The only problem? No shotgun was found in the SUV.
Shortly after Michael Dunn was arrested, he made a series of calls from jail, which prosecutors just released on Tuesday. In the recorded jailhouse calls, Dunn compares himself to a rape victim and tells his fiancée that the police were trying to blame him for the shooting when he was only defending himself. The Florida software designer can be heard telling his fiancée, “I’m the [expletive deleted] victim here. I was the one who was victimized.”
“So not to wallow in, you know, despair or anything, but you know I was thinking a lot about this today and I was like I’m, I’m the victim here,” Dunn continued. “I was the one that was being preyed upon and I fought back.”
Dunn then compared himself to a rape victim – because why not?
“Police used to think when a chick got raped going, ‘Oh, it’s her fault because of the way she dressed.’ I’m like, ‘So it’s my fault [laughing] because I asked them to turn their music down. I got attacked and I fought back because I didn’t want to be a victim and now I’m in trouble. I refused to be a victim and now I’m incarcerated.”
The jury didn’t quite get the “rape victim vibe” from Dunn though and on Saturday they convicted him of three counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting at three of Davis’ friends. However, the jury was undecided about the first-degree murder charge for Davis’ death. He will likely face a retrial for the murder charge, but considering each attempted second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, it doesn’t really matter. Except I guess it sends the message that if you shoot an unarmed black teenager in Florida, you better make sure you kill them – otherwise you’ll have to serve prison time.