Michael Dunn compares himself to a rape victim in phone calls about his deadly shooting of Jordan Davis

“I was the one who was victimized … I’m the victor, but I was the victim too," Dunn said on a phone call from jail

By Katie McDonough

Published February 18, 2014 4:42PM (EST)

Michael Dunn      (Reuters/Bob Mack)
Michael Dunn (Reuters/Bob Mack)

Michael Dunn, who shot and killed Jordan Davis and opened fire on three of Davis' friends, made phone calls from jail in which he compared himself to a rape victim, made racially charged comments, and insisted that he was "the one who was victimized" in the deadly shooting.

According to a transcript of the released audio, Dunn told fiancée Rhonda Roue that he felt "attacked" when he fired 10 shots at a car of black teenagers, unarmed young people whom Dunn, a middle-aged white man, continued to shoot at even as they fled his violent assault:

I was the one that was being preyed upon and I fought back. It’s not quite the same but it made me think of like the old TV shows and movies where like how the 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.”

“I’m the f*** victim here,” he said during one of the phone calls. “I was the one who was victimized … I’m the victor, but I was the victim too.”

Dunn was held in a cell by himself while in jail, which he said in one of these phone calls was "better than being in a room with them animals." As Nicole Flatlow at ThinkProgress notes, Dunn later complained that while in jail he was "in a room with three black guys."

Dunn has made no secret of his racist views. In previously released letters Dunn wrote while in jail, he said, “This jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs ... This may sound a bit radical, but if more people would arm themselves and kill these fucking idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior.”

Dunn was found guilty this week on three charges of attempted murder for the shooting, but evaded accountability for shooting and killing Davis.

He will face a retrial for the murder charge.

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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