Police Abuse

Alabama Cop Shoots Unarmed Airman in the Abdomen, Father Says

Says he can't even find out who has his son's car right now


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via the Panola Watchman

Michael Davidson, an airman with the Air Force, was reportedly shot in the abdomen by Phillip Hancock, a cop from the Opelika, Alabama police department. Davidson was involved in a minor accident with a diesel truck on I-85 last week, according to his father, Billy Davidson, who said he spoke to his son after the airman regained consciousness in an Alabama hospital. 

The airman was on his way to North Carolina, where he was going to be stationed at Seymore Johnson Air Force Base, according to his father, who says police did not inform him they had shot and critically wounded his son until noon the next day.  "An investigator calls telling me he was investigating the shooting… and that's how I was told. That wouldn't have happened in Texas. I'd have known about it within 30 minutes if it had happened in Texas," the father, a Texas native, told the local paper, the Panola Watchman.

Davidson's father told the paper that police have not been giving him a lot of information on why his unarmed son was shot or the events surrounding the shooting. When he went to the police department to find out why they didn't inform him sooner about one of their officers shooting his son, he says police apologized and said they assumed the state, which had taken over the investigation, had informed him.  The father also says his son's car, a GMC Encore, remains missing. Police have apparently told him the state has it, while the state has apparently told him the police have it.

The Watchman also picks up on some reporting from the local paper in Opelika, the Opelika-Auburn News, and finishes its article with this quote from the mayor of Opelika:  "I understand the officer involved will be suspended until the investigation is complete. Of course, certainly we'll continue to compensate the officer." Certainly!  Because why should cops be held to a higher standard and not afforded privileges above and beyond those they are theoretically supposed to serve and protect?

h/t Sharon Jones

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  1. Why do I get the feeling this started by the local yokel saying “Nice car, it’s mine now”?

    1. *Not to be taken as my assessment of the qualities of the missing Government Moters vehicle.

  2. But he wasn’t even black!

    1. doesn’t matter these days. EVERYONE is a potential target for police brutality/murder.

      Maybe rich white people are protected from it. Not sure. But I’ll bet it won’t be long before cops start pounding on them and shooting them.

    2. He was worse than black, he was military.

      Was there a military base nearby? A community’s hate for service-members is directly proportional to the number of them living in the community.

      1. so true, but often deserved. when we all go out on the town and act like assholes we get treated as such.

  3. The wagons are circling, making sure that nothing else will happen.

  4. the Opelika, Alabama police department

    Right across the street from the Opelika PD is Chuck’s Bar-B-Que

    Damn fine ‘cue. It is only about 5 minutes off I-85 so really convenient if you are travelling. I recommend ordering the pork “chipped on the block” with the sauce on the side. You definitely want the slaw on your sandwich.

    1. Thanks, SIV, but I’ll be giving Opelika a wide berth from here on.

      As usual, WTF is this bullshit about keeping the officer’s name secret, anyway? If you’ve got nothing to hide, etc., suddenly is a non sequitur?

      1. As usual, WTF is this bullshit about keeping the officer’s name secret, anyway?

        Officer safety. Duh.

        1. Somebody needs to shoot officer safety and appoint public safety in his place.

          1. How can the public be safe unless there are selfless public servants insuring that safety?
            Thus officer safety trumps public safety.

            1. The public can look after itself.

              1. The public can look after itself.

                Apparently not, since the public fails to enforce consequences against cops who do this shit. Or against the prosecutors who excuse it.

      2. The LvMI is only about 15 minutes away from Chuck’s. When I’m traveling on I-85 I always stop if they’re open. The BBQ is that good.

      3. Name’s right in the first paragraph!

    2. I recommend ordering the pork “chipped on the block”

      Pig with a chip on the shoulder sounds more accurate.

    3. Meh. If I want barbecue, I’ll do the Austin area circuit, which is better than anything that has ever come in contact with Alabama.

      1. They don’t have BBQ in Texas. Just some beef pot roast they cover with sugary tomato sauce,oh and “turkey roll”.

  5. Man. I really need a paid vacation. Who should I shoot?

    1. Nobody, unless you have that mystical talisman for eluding all moral and legal culpability.

  6. Ho, ay, slow down there hoss! “Shot” someone? I don’t recall anyone saying a police officer ‘shot’ anyone, and I think suggestions to that effect are inflammatory and insufficiently taking into account all the elements involved. At this point all we seem to have established for sure is that “the airman’s abdomen was struck by a round”. Whether there is any connection to “an officers weapon having discharged itself” has yet to be shown. Also, he was carrying a tire iron? What? Sorry, no, a cell phone? What? No, Twizzlers. In any case, something was being brandished. Yes, “brandished”. It means, “wave or flourish (something, esp. a weapon) as a threat or in anger or excitement” It can also mean “eating”. That is all for now.

    1. The officer asked the suspect to unbuckle his safety belt per department procedure. The suspect then went for his waistband, and the officer had no choice but to resort to his training and fear for his life. Service weapons were discharged and potential situations were neutralized. Ammunition was later found near the region for which the suspect reached, and records indicate previous experience with firearms. “Why he chose to threaten the officer, we’ll never know,” commented the lead investigating officer.

  7. I certainly hope that brave officer got home safely.

    1. I certainly hope that brave officer got home safely.

      Furtive movement, failure to obey commands, totality if the circs, good shoot.

  8. Which “hero” should I root for? I’m so conflicted.

    1. I liked the hot blond one. I think she was telekinnetic or something.

      1. Inducing a hardon through a monitor does not rise to the level of telekinesis.

        1. Inducing a hardon… rise to the level


    2. If the Jose Guerena case is anything to go by, you’re supposed to side with the everyday hero out on the skids in live-or-die situations just trying to get home safely. So the cop.

  9. “”I understand the officer involved will be suspended until the investigation is complete. Of course, certainly we’ll continue to compensate the officer.” Certainly! ”

    I don’t quite get the criticism here. Certainly the cop is innocent until proven guilty. Why should he stop getting paid just because he shot someone in the line of duty. What if the shooting was justified (biased internal investigation notwithstanding)?

    1. What if the shooting was justified (biased internal investigation notwithstanding)?

      They could withhold pay until the investigation is completed and then award the officer back pay if the shooting is found to be justified.

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