Hunter Brittain

Hunter Brittain

17-year-old teenager

In June 2021, a Lonoke, Arkansas police officer shot and killed 17-year-old Hunter Brittain after stopping his car for allegedly violating traffic rules. Brittain parked his car in the parking lot where he was testing the gearbox.

He put a large bottle of antifreeze on the brake pedal so that the car would not roll towards the patrol car parked in the back, the family’s lawyers said, citing witnesses. According to a statement from relatives, the teenager was unarmed when a police officer shot him three times. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. The state police said in a press release that the circumstances of the incident and what could have led to a police officer shooting a 17-year-old boy will be published during the investigation, which is still ongoing. After the death of a teenager, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the city demanding justice for the victim of police violence.

In July 2021, Brittain’s family demanded that the sheriff’s deputy involved in the incident be charged with murder. According to the family’s lawyer, this incident could lead to serious police reform.