Arkansas Deputy Kills Teen ‘Armed’ With Antifreeze Trying To Fix a Truck
Add “bottle of antifreeze” to the list of common objects law enforcement officers have mistaken for deadly weapons and then used to justify shooting—and, in this case, killing—an unarmed citizen.
Family and friends of 17-year-old Hunter Brittain are speaking out after he was shot and killed by a Lonoke County, Arkansas, sheriff’s deputy in an early morning encounter near Cabot, a suburb of Little Rock, last week.
According to an account by 16-year-old Jordan King, who was with Brittain at the time, the two of them were working on repairs to a truck’s transmission and were pulled over by Sgt. Michael Davis after driving the truck away from a body shop at about 3 a.m on June 23.
King told local ABC affiliate KATV news that the truck wouldn’t properly shift into park, so Brittain went to the back of the truck with a jug of antifreeze to prop behind a truck’s tire so that it wouldn’t roll backward and strike Davis’ vehicle. That’s when Davis fired at Brittain, and according to King, Davis didn’t tell him to stop or get on the ground. He just shot him.
Brittain was killed. Family and friends are demanding answers and have been protesting outside the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office to draw attention to Brittain’s death. A Vice reporter picked up the story Monday and gave it some national attention.
The press release from the Arkansas Department of Public Safety is par for the course with its vague use of passive voice when describing what happened: “Hunter Brittain, 17, of McRae, the driver of a truck stopped by the deputy, susta
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