Hunter Brittain, 17, was shot and killed by a police officer in Lonoke County, Arkansas.
Police officer Michael Davis pulled Britten’s car over for a traffic violation. The teenager got out of the car and noticed that she began to move towards the patrol car. Brittain wanted to go to his car to stop it, but at that moment Davis shot him.
Witnesses claim that the police officer did not speak to Britten before shooting. Davis said in court that he thought his life was in danger. It is reported that at the time of the interaction with the police, Brittain was unarmed. After the shooting, he was taken to the hospital, where he died from his wounds.
In March 2022, Davis was found guilty of negligent homicide and sentenced to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The jury found him not guilty of manslaughter. This sentence means that in the future, Davis will be able to return to work in the police. The police officer’s lawyer said he intends to appeal the verdict.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
“I was not happy. All I wanted from day one is for him to get a felony where he could not be in law enforcement again and carry a weapon. That’s all I asked for,” Rebecca Payne, Brittain’s grandma, said.
“It was cold-blooded murder by the Lonoke police. There’s no way around it and nobody’s gonna change my mind about it,” Brittain’s co-worker Scott Hundley said.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.