Cybersecdn- The shooting of an unarmed black man, Gregory Gunn, by a white police officer, Aaron C. Smith, in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 25, 2016, has been a topic of heated discussion. Smith was charged with murder and arrested on March 2, 2016, with his bond set at $150,000.
The case has gone through several judges, with eight judges dropping out before the trial began. The case was moved away from Montgomery, and the retired Dale County Circuit Judge Philip Ben McLauchlin was appointed as the ninth judge to hear the case.
The shooting occurred when Smith stopped Gunn, who was walking home from a friend’s house, for a random stop-and-frisk. Gunn fled, and Smith chased him, shocked him with a stun gun, beat him, and then shot him five times. Smith claimed that he acted in self-defense, as Gunn was believed to have been armed with a stick or a “painting pole”. However, Gunn was unarmed, and the only object found near him was a retractable painter’s pole.
The shooting of Gregory Gunn has sparked protests and demands for justice. The Montgomery community rallied around the police, with Montgomery District Attorney Daryl Bailey assuring the community that the arrest was not “an indictment against the Montgomery Police Department”. However, the case has raised questions about police brutality and racial profiling.
According to a report by Mapping Police Violence, black people are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people in the United States. The report also states that black people are more likely to be unarmed when killed by police than white people. The shooting of Gregory Gunn is one of many incidents that have highlighted the issue of police brutality and systemic racism in the United States.
In conclusion, the shooting of Gregory Gunn by Aaron C. Smith has been a topic of heated discussion. The case has gone through several judges, and the trial has yet to begin. The shooting has raised questions about police brutality and racial profiling in the United States. The case is a reminder that there is still much work to be done to address systemic racism and police brutality in the country.