Police lowered the gun and shot a man who “did what I was told to do,” the proceedings say.


After shooting Timothy Caraway multiple times last year, Pineville police rushed to bleed, temporarily paralyzing the suspect and ordering him to raise his hand.

According to a policeman’s body camera video, Caraway told them he couldn’t follow because he didn’t feel anything. Then he repeatedly asked the officer the same question: why was he shot?

“I just did what I was told. Everyone said they would drop it,” Caraway said in pain. “I went to the ground. Why did you shoot me? … don’t let me die.”

Caraway, who was 23 at the time, survived. When he was released from the hospital Pineville police charged him with eight crimesIncludes four assaults on police officers allegedly pointed their pistols at four police officers who confronted him on February 1, 2020.

These accusations were swiftly withdrawn by the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, stating that the evidence the prosecutor had submitted to the court, especially with respect to Caraway’s intentions, was inadequate. By that time, Caraway had been detained for a month.

Now, Caraway’s new proceedings filed on Thursday upset the shooting story with a series of explosive allegations against Pineville police:

The two policemen fired at Caraway while he was on one knee after being ordered to put the weapon he had in his right pocket on the court. Police continued shooting after the injured Caraway was helpless on the sidewalk.

Police officers then collusioned to justify what they did by creating evidence to put Caraway in jail, the proceedings allege.

Caraway’s lawyer, Charlotte’s Michelle Little John, said his client, an armed cop rushed behind him, gave him multiple conflicting orders, fired within seconds, and one of their colleagues said they were. I shot until I shouted to stop.

Sgt, ​​the ranking officer of the day. The proceedings later told state investigators that Caraway did not fire weapons because he had never raised or extended his pistols in a threatening manner, the proceedings said. According to the complaint, shooting witnesses also said Caraway did nothing to provoke the use of deadly force by police.

“The police excess is indescribable,” Little John told observers on Friday. “My client didn’t commit the crime that day. The limit. And this is what happened.”

The Caraway proceedings in Mecklenburg County, along with police officers Adam Roberts, Jamon Griffin, Leslie Gladden, and the French, have nominated the town of Pineville.

Roberts and Griffin fired. Griffin, a former Hickory police officer who had been in the Pineville division for less than a month at the time of the shooting, pulled the trigger nine times, according to the complaint. Roberts said he fired three times, including the first shot of hitting Caraway’s neck and first knocking his face toward cement.

Griffin and caraway are black. Gladden, French and Roberts are white.

The complaint accuses the town and police officers, among other allegations, of excessive force, malicious prosecution, forgery of evidence, and false arrests.

Ryan Spitzer, Town Manager at Pineville, introduced a request for comment to Town Attorney Scott McLachy, who did not reply to the observer’s email, on Friday.

Police chief Michael Hazins did not return the observer’s call requesting an interview for this story. In March, when police released a video of the shooting, Hajins confirmed that Caraway was the first to raise his hand when confronting an officer. According to WCNC.

The chief also told reporters that it was “plausible” that police first mistaken Caraway’s cell phone for a pistol. He said police officers fired when Caraway reached into the pocket where he actually had the weapon.

Drop your weapon

The Caraway proceedings have joined the list of other active civil proceedings against police (at least two deadly) in which residents of the Charlotte area were shot dead in controversial circumstances, including guns.

▪ ▪ Rubin Garindo’s widow Proceedings in 2019 Charlotte-Mecklenburg police used “paramilitary tactics” to deadly shoot her longtime partner two years ago. Garindo called the police that night and said he wanted to point his pistol, and was shot through his door with his arm raised and his hand in his hand. The case is scheduled for trial in September.

▪ ▪ March 2019, Dunkers Franklin During a standoff with police at the Burger King parking lot in western Charlotte, he was shot deadly as he appeared to be lowering his gun as ordered. Franklin’s mother later complained. The trial is scheduled for November.

The conflict on North Spoke Street in the small town of Pineville began over the phone.

Around 10 am, the driver called 911 and saw a black man with long dreadlocks, a tanned jacket and a gun pointing while walking through one of the town’s major drugs. I reported.

According to the proceedings, Caraway walked pork that morning to visit his grandmother, but several assault rifles approached him, unaware that police were flowing towards him.

According to the complaint, Roberts arrived first. Other officers followed immediately. The two either turned off the camera they were wearing or did not activate it. The proceedings allege that this clearly violates the department’s policy.

Video from Roberts’ camera shows an officer walking behind a caraway while another officer is next to him. A series of screaming police orders ring for a few seconds. Caraways are easily visible when you kneel on the ground or approach the ground. It is unknown what he is doing by hand. After that, shooting will start.

When Caraway screams in pain, police flow towards Caraway, the video shows. When police tried to delay Caraway’s bleeding, one of the police officers told the injured man that he shouldn’t have reached into his pocket. Caraway said he was only following police orders.

State and federal law allow police to use lethal forces only if they reasonably recognize the threat of imminent death or serious injury to themselves, other police officers or bystanders.

Phil StinsonA criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University, who frequently criticizes police tactics, watched a video at the request of an observer and said it was “not definitive” whether police used excessive force. Stated.

In a statement accompanying the proceedings, Little John said the caraway shooting was another example of police committing excessive violence against black citizens.

“Blacks in this country are keenly aware of the dangers police pose to their lives,” he said.

“Mr. Caraway, a victim of excessive power, is doing his best to deal with the incident and continues to be treated for the injuries he suffered.”

Caraway suffered bullet injuries to the shoulders, chest, wrists of the neck, and at least one finger. Little John said his client still has a piece of bullet he would carry for the rest of his life.