EDITOR'S DESK: Dunn case underscores the need to break down cultural walls

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 05:59 PM.

Each week, I have to provide commentary on some issue affecting our area.

That's usually a breeze because Crestview is a growing community with plenty to report on. Just last week, the Economic Development Council's vice president said the downtown area's development potential is virtually limitless. In today's edition, we learn about North Okaloosa Medical Center's new Wound Healing Center and the hope that hyperbaric chambers bring. In other health news, there are statewide efforts to curb smokeless tobacco use, and Crestview High School and Laurel Hill School students, among others, are taking leadership roles to spread the word.

There's a lot of good going on. But sometimes, there's a topic that needs to be written about.

This week (and, I know, a time or two in the past year), that topic is the need for community. It needs reiterating, especially in light of recent events.

Saturday, a Jacksonville jury found Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old, guilty for the attempted murders of three teens in a car with Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old who was fatally shot in 2012 during an encounter at a gas station, according to the Panama City News Herald.

Dunn confronted the teens after complaining about loud music coming from their SUV's speakers. Dunn says he saw the barrel of a gun after Davis allegedly threatened him; prosecutors say Dunn shot 10 bullets at the SUV.

Only Dunn and the teens know what really happened, but the facts following the encounter won't be ignored. Dunn did leave the gas station after he shot the firearm. He did not call the police. He did walk his dog and order a pizza. He did not tell his fiancee he saw a weapon sticking out of the SUV.

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