Federal judge says Alabama cop can't be sued for shooting and killing unarmed cancer patient

Federal judge says Alabama cop can't be sued for shooting and killing unarmed cancer patient
Image via Creative Commons.
Bank

An Alabama police officer who shot and killed his neighbor is being saved from litigation after claiming that the 34-year-old cancer patient was behaving erratically after having brain surgery, said AL.com.

“The Court recognizes that Spivey’s erratic, aggressive, non-compliant behavior may have been due to his medical condition,” U.S. District Judge Emily C. Marks wrote in the opinion. “However, notwithstanding the source of Spivey’s behavior, a reasonable officer has a responsibility to protect the community when confronted by a dangerous suspect.”

The officer, Mason Adcock, shot and killed Channing Lamar Spivey on May 27, 2020. Spivey was acting peculiar and had an incident where he accidentally crashed his GMC Yukon into a tree while driving donuts on a friend's property. He wouldn't accept a ride home from the police, instead walking four miles barefoot back to his house.

It led the family to have questions about what was going on. The family had called police to ask for help, not because they felt a threat or in danger.

“I don’t understand it,” aunt Chanda Callaway said in an AL.com interview in 2020. “He was unarmed. He had brain cancer and he had been taking treatments.”

Adock's attorney claimed that the officer was defending his life from the unarmed cancer patient.

“Mason Adcock and his family are relieved this is behind them,” the lawyer said. “The family regrets the loss of life. It was a tragedy. But the court made it clear the young man brought this tragedy on himself.”

Read the full report from AL.com.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by fontsempire.com.