Jeffrey Parker, 49, was shot and killed by a police officer in Huntsville, Alabama.
In April 2018, Parker called police and said he was suicidal. When police officers arrived, they found Parker sitting on the couch and put a gun to his own head. One of police officers claims she was talking to Parker when Officer William Darby entered the house and ordered Parker to drop his gun. Seconds later, Darby shot Parker dead.
Parker’s family filed a lawsuit against the city and the officer who shot him. In August 2021, Darby was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In February 2022, the officer’s lawyer filed an appeal against the court’s decision, alleging that the officer acted in self-defense and that the trial was conducted in violation of procedure.
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“Jeff was a very smart guy, almost a Renaissance man. He loved music. He could fix almost anything you asked him to do. He just asked for help. He wanted help and he ended up in a situation where he asked for help and it ended up terribly,” Parker’s friend Bill Parks said.
“I don’t know what caused the officer to feel threatened enough to shoot my fiancé in the face with a shotgun of all things,” Michele Louthan 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.