Teen Shot and Killed by Cop Deserves Justice

Target: Rocky Harnen, Chief Deputy of Jackson County, Alabama

Goal: Ensure that a third-party investigation be conducted into the case of a deputy who shot and killed a high school student.

A high school student was shot and killed by an unnamed deputy. According to police, 18-year-old Alex Davis was breaking the windows of a car, and he’d previously hit someone with a hammer. The officer first used a stun gun on Davis, but claims that Davis had a board and tried to attack him with it. The deputy was not injured, but reports say the victim was pronounced dead on the scene.

People who knew the victim describe him as warm and loving, not a person who exhibited signs of anger and violence as the police claim. The numbers of fatal police shootings continues to grow, and in many cases, the victim didn’t pose a threat to the lives of the officers involved. Even in cases where evidence showed officers using unnecessary, deadly force, entire police departments have been known to defend and cover the crimes committed by their officers. With that said, one has to question whether the officer in this case really had no other choice but to end the life of this young man. We must put pressure on the officials in charge and demand that a proper, third-party investigation be conducted, and the officer fired if evidence shows that he used unnecessary deadly force.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Harnen,

A high school student was shot and killed by a deputy who found him breaking windows in a car. Police claim the victim had a board and attempted to “attack” the deputy. The officer who fired the fatal shot had also used a stun gun on the young man, who has been described at kind, warm, and loving by people who knew him.

The outrageous numbers of unnecessary fatal police shootings continue to grow, and we see officers escaping justice far too often. In this case, the life of a young man, who was not armed with a deadly weapon, has been taken. We’re calling on you to ensure that a third-party, unbiased investigation take place to find out if the situation required such deadly force.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Melanie

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4 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    It’s long past time that cops be held Accountable–such as prison time!!!

  2. They should name the deputy that killed the student. And it’s disgusting that police band together and stick up for each other when they commit crimes. They lie and blame the victim. They cannot be trusted to investigate themselves.

  3. Hey its Alabama isn’t that f’g Jeff Sessions state? That piece of shit.

  4. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    The Lad (Davis) had severely injured a man with the length of wood that was either an axe handle or very similar. Davis was on the roof of the car smashing all the windows? … He was warned and was fired with the two stun gun shots, but then turned on the officer with the axe/similar handle.
    Wow, do this sound like a ‘warm and loving’ person to you? Something upset this kid to go so rank, and ignore the warnings.
    By the way an axe or pick type handle like a cricket or base ball bat are lethal weapons. They kill!
    I think I’ll wait for the full story to be heard.
    Sincere condolences to Davis’s family and friends. Such a tragic event in their lives that no family deserves.
    To the police officer who is likewise struggling with this event I feel for as well, especially as it reportedly shows he did try verbally and with non lethal methods first.

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