Police Shoot Unarmed Airman in the Stomach
Alabama officer opened fire on the young man—but why?
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2014 5:15 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Police shot an unarmed Air Force airman in the stomach Thursday after the 20-year-old pulled over on an Alabama freeway, the man's family says. Michael Davidson was driving from Texas to an Air Force base near Goldsboro, NC, when he became too tired to drive, decided to pull over, and clipped a semi-truck with his driver's side mirror, Raw Story reports. Davidson got out and walked toward the truck driver when he heard someone yell at him from behind, his father tells the Panola Watchman: "Realizing it was the police, [he] raised his arms and turned around."

That's when seven-year veteran officer Phillip Hancock shot Davidson in the stomach. Hancock then asked Davidson where "the other one" was, and officers searched his car before the airman first class received medical attention, his father said. By the truck driver's account, Davidson had been driving erratically and was told to put his hands up twice before being shot, the Opelika-Auburn News reports. Police haven't explained the shooting yet, but word is Hancock will be suspended. As for Davidson, he underwent extensive surgery and will likely have to wear a colostomy bag for life, his pastor says: "This is a life-changing event for him. He’s in an acute state of depression right now."

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Ebonybull
Mar 15, 2014 12:47 AM CDT
As just seen on CNN. A White 70 year old elderly man gets out of his truck after being stopped by the police for an expired inspection sticker. As he pulls out his walking cane, the police officer shoots several time hitting him in the chest . Officials clear the officer in the shooting despite what I see appears to be improper training or failure to follow proper procedures when making a traffic stop. He claimed he though it was a shotgun. Wake up people. This could have been your father or grandfather. It is more likely that in both incidents, officer error contributed to the unnecessary shootings. Carrying a gun carries a lot more responsibility. I wouldn't want this guy on the force. The shoot first ask questions later mentality by the police needs to stop.
Ebonybull
Mar 14, 2014 4:46 PM CDT
http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=POLICE+SHHOT+ELDERLY+MAN+2014&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=18336448EBB9FC988C1618336448EBB9FC988C16 Click on the link above. The officer stopped him because of an expired inspection sticker. The official investigation cleared the officer. The elderly man was just retrieving his walking cane and was short in the chest for his troubles. I use a cane and I'm African American. What chance do I have if stopped. Shoot first and render aid afterwards. Wake up people. This could have easily been your father or grandfather.
user99
Mar 14, 2014 12:58 AM CDT
Just another day at work.