A family in Arkansas demands that a sheriff’s agent be charged with murder after a fatal shot of an unarmed white teenager in the case last month. Civil Rights Lawyer Ben Clamp I believe it could lead to meaningful police reforms.
Sergeant of the Sheriff of Ronoke County. Michael Davis was fired for failing to turn on his body camera before the deadly shooting of 17-year-old Hunter Britain on June 23, but authorities say little about the cause of the incident.
The family held Crump with lawyer Devon Jacob, who was involved in several well-known cases of black Americans killed by police, including George Floyd.
Crump told USA Today that his family was “ravaged” and wanted to file a murder charge against police officers. They protested every night outside the sheriff’s office, demanding more information and pressured the state to pass a new body camera law.
According to Arkansas State Police, the hunter was shot around 3 am on June 23, after stopping him outside a car repair shop along Arkansas Highway 89, south of Cabot, about 30 miles northeast of Little Rock. It was. He was taken to a local hospital and later died.
“The situation of the traffic outage and why the adjutant fired a gun in Britain will be documented in the investigation,” he said. State police said at the time.
The sheriff’s office has suspended Davis, who has been in the military since 2013, until the results of the investigation are available. A few days later, Davis was fired for “not activating his body camera in a timely manner” while the car was stopped, violating authorities’ policies. Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley said on July 1.
Staley said there were no footage of the shooting.
The family said the hunter was working on a transmission for his truck and was test-driving it when he was pulled.
The vehicle did not move to the park, so the hunter got off the truck and placed a large bottle of antifreeze behind the wheels to prevent it from rolling towards the secondary vehicle, a family lawyer, including Crump, said. Statement quoting witnesses.. According to the statement, the teenager was unarmed when Davis shot him three times.
Davis Lawyer, Robert Newcome, He told KATV that the hunter’s death was a “tragedy.” However, the teenager said he did not respond to the police officer’s verbal orders. According to Newcom, the adjutant believed that the camera was on and demanded that grievance be resumed.
“Either the camera broke down or everything wasn’t pushed,” Newcom told the outlet.
Arkansas State Police investigated the shooting on Friday and handed over the case file to the prosecutor. On Monday, Jeff Phillips, a prosecutor in the Fifth Judicial District, said: Appointed as special counsel To determine if an agent should be prosecuted by the Lonoke County Circuit Judge.
Crump hopes that Hunter’s family will plan more rallies in Arkansas, travel to Washington, DC, and advocate police reform like any other family who has lost a loved one in police violence. He said he was.A hunter’s memorial speaker, praised by civil rights leader Al Sharpton, also spoke to federal lawmakers. George Floyd justice in police law.
Ben Clamp Details: He was often the man beside the mourner
Hunter’s uncle Jesse Britain Limited immunity For police officers, the doctrine that frequently protects police officers from civil lawsuits against illegal or unconstitutional acts in the workplace
“Your life made sense. You are loved and your family will not stop defending until we give you justice, hunters,” he said during worship. “And also justice for all our other brothers and sisters who died in the hands of law enforcement agencies hired to protect and serve us throughout the country.”
Crump told USA Today that the Hunter case could pass Congress through a groundbreaking police reform package named after Floyd.The family said the teenager I dreamed of becoming a NASCAR driver After graduation.
This is the first time Crump has taken up a case involving a white man killed by police, but he is said to represent a white prisoner who was killed or died during imprisonment. CNN..
Crump said the hunter’s death may help whites who may not think police atrocities are a problem in their community to change their mindset. African Americans are killed by police more than twice as often as White Americans, but about half of those fatally shot by police are white. Washington Post Police Shooting Database..
“The Hunter Britain case will be crucial for building even greater interracial support to ultimately achieve meaningful police reform in the United States,” Crump said. ..
Contribution: Associated Press
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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Hunter Britain: Family wants murder of Deputy Michael Davis