JACKONVILLE, Fla. - Hundreds gathered downtown Saturday morning for a march from the old Duval County Courthouse to the new one in support of 17-year-old Jordan Davis and to protest Florida's Stand Your Ground law that the man accused of killing the teen may use in his defense.
Davis was shot and killed two weeks ago at the Gate gas station on Jacksonville's Southside in what police said was a dispute over loud music.
Lawyers for Michael Dunn say he fired into Davis's SUV in self-defense because he felt threatened and saw a shotgun. Police have said they did not find any weapon besides Dunn's that night.
Marchers showed up early, with balloons and ready to make signs showing their opposition to Florida's controversial immunity law. Local rap artist, Justin "Bread the King" Glennon organized the event to bring more awareness to what many say is a law allowing murder.
"I've been amazed by the different people that have been reaching out to me," said Glennon. "I just wonder why, if we all feel this way, we are dealing with the issues that we have. Why something hasn't been done sooner."
Others who came out to show their support had the same message. They held signs with the motto "Stomp out violence" and "Rest in peace Jordan."
"Playing your music too loud, that is just a conversation you should have," said protester Raheed Bryant. "You shouldn't come out and just blast somebody for playing your music too loud. Just say 'can you turn your music down' and let it go."
The hope for the people that showed up is that this will be the first of many events like this to support their cause, with a goal of having more people show up each time.
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