Black community responds differently to trial

Author: Tim Pulliam, General assignment reporter, tpulliam@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 14 2014 07:10:00 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 14 2014 03:50:00 PM EST
Black demonstrators
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Jacksonville and the world is on verdict watch in the Michael Dunn trial, and one community that is closely watching how this case ends is the black community.

Most of the demonstrators outside the Duval County Courthouse are black, but their views on how to respond to the case are different.

Two black leaders clashed Friday.

"You are not honorable in the black community. You only make excuses for our babies," Minister Mikhail Muhammad, leader of the New Black Panther party said in blasting Pastor Ken Adkins. "I am not your friend. I am your enemy because you are a sellout."

Both leaders say they want a just verdict in the case, but Adkins said they showcase their views differently.

Muhammad demonstrates outside. Adkins sits in court near the Davis family.

"Unfortunately, there is a difference in ideology," said Adkins, pastor of Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship. "I am not about hate. I'm not about blaming people, white people. I believe in accountability and responsibility."

Adkins said that's his charge to the black community.

Jordan Davis' father, Ron Davis, gave a similar message Thursday night, asking the community as a whole to be respectful, whatever the jury's verdict may be.

"I know personally, I'm going to be respectful of that because if we get the verdict we want, his family is not going to smile. They're going to have tears in their eyes," Davis said. "So I'm going to be very respectful of that."