Thursday, June 25, 2020

Court Rules Officer’s Fatal Shooting of Black Man Justified
Yoshanta Albert-Davis, wife of Marc Davis, who was shot and killed by a Petal, Miss., police officer in 2017, displays photographs of her young daughter Leah Davis, then 2, standing next to her father's coffin, during a protest Friday, June 5, 2020, in Jackson, Miss., over Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch's recent decision to drop a manslaughter charge against former Columbus Police Officer Canyon Boykin. Boykin, who is white, had been charged in the October 2015 shooting death of an African American man, Ricky Ball. Davis called for justice for both her husband and children's father and Ball. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation looked into the Davis shooting and determined the police officer acted appropriately. Davis was shot three times. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

PETAL, Miss. (AP) — An appeals court has upheld a ruling that a Mississippi police officer was justified when he fatally shot a Black Louisiana man, who called police after a car crash.

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett ruled in September that Petal police officer Aaron Jernigan was protecting himself when he fatally shot Marc Davis of LaPlace, Louisiana, in 2017.

On Monday, the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals agreed with Starrett’s ruling, The Clarion Ledger reported.

Davis, 34, was driving on Mississippi 42 on June 2, 2017, when he was involved in a car crash in Petal.

Davis called police and Jernigan arrived, but later the pair got into an argument and Jernigan shot Davis three times. Davis later died at the hospital.

Jernigan said Davis physically assaulted him, attempted to take his gun, and refused orders to stand down.

Yoshanta Albert, mother of Davis’ five children, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2018, claiming Jernigan shot Davis unexpectedly and without a warning shot. The lawsuit also claimed that Jernigan used excessive force.

Starett threw out the lawsuit, stating Jernigan didn’t use excessive force and if he did, Jernigan was “entitled” to, considering the situation.

Albert was among the large crowd that rallied earlier this month in front of the state Capitol against police brutality after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed in Minneapolis last month while in police custody.

“This is not what justice looks like: a child without a father,” Albert said at the protest, as she waved a photo of her 2-year-old daughter, Leah, standing next to her father’s casket. “I waited three years. His death was swept under the rug.”

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