What happens when cops shoot first and ask questions later? Lives change forever — instantly.
It was 2016. David was walking to his girlfriend’s house when two off-duty police officers in an unmarked car started yelling out their window at him. The cops were looking for “two shirtless Black men” approximately six feet tall, in their early 20s, who were wanted for stealing a pair of tennis shoes. David didn’t meet that description: he was in his mid-30s and about 5’6”. But that didn’t stop the cops. Within five seconds of pulling over, the officers shot David in the back.
David was left permanently paralyzed, and lived with PTSD and depression in a nursing home. He passed away in 2022. According to David’s mother, “his condition deteriorated…he nearly stopped eating and refused wound care and other treatments.”