To: Elected Officials
Help us end the dangerous "Shoot First" laws that let Jordan and Trayvon's killers get away with ...
Following the tragic shooting death of Jordan Russell Davis, a Florida jury has found his killer — Michael Dunn — guilty on four charges, including three for attempted second-degree murder, but they couldn't reach a verdict on the most significant charge — first-degree murder in the death of Jordan Davis.
Florida's controversial "Shoot First" law is still on the books. These dangerous laws legalize vigilante homicide and shield killers from dealing with the consequences of their actions.
It's time to end so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws and other such laws that undermine public safety, senselessly put people at risk, and enable the kind of tragedy we've witnessed in the cases of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. I'm calling on you to take leadership and undo these dangerous laws now.
Why is this important?
A white man killed an unarmed Black teenager — Jordan Davis — and Florida's so-called "Stand Your Ground" or "Shoot First" law set the stage for the injustice we've just witnessed — enabling Michael Dunn to kill Jordan Davis and not fully answer for that crime. It's a gripping comparison and a terrifying continuation of the injustice we saw with Trayvon Martin — with both murders taking place in Florida just months apart.
In this time of national sorrow, let us turn our rightful frustration into action and grow a movement to hold accountable the criminal justice system that fails Black Americans every day.