PETAL, – A federal appeals court has ruled that a Mississippi police officer was appropriate when he shot a Louisiana man in Black, who called police after a car accident.
United States District Judge Keith Starrett ruled in September that Petal police officer Aaron Jernigan was defending himself when he shot Marc Davis of LaPlace, Louisiana, in 2017.On Monday, the 5th American Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision of Starrett, reported Clionion Ledger.
Davis, 34, was driving on Mississippi 42 on June 2, 2017, when he was involved in a car accident in Petal.Davis called police and Jernigan arrived, but later the men got into an argument and Jernigan shot Davis three times. Davis later died in hospital.Jernigan said Davis physically assaulted him, tried to take his gun, and refused to stand.
Yoshanta Albert, who is the mother of Davis’ five children, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2018, claiming that Jernigan shot Davis suddenly and without warning. The lawsuit also alleges that Jernigan used excessive force.Starett dismissed the lawsuit, saying Jernigan did not abuse his power and if he did so, Jernigan was “entitled” to the situation.
Albert was among a large crowd gathered earlier this month in front of the state Capitol and police brutality after the death of George Floyd, a black man killed in Minneapolis last month while in police custody.”This is not something that looks like justice: a fatherless boy,” Albert said in protest, while posting a picture of his 2-year-old daughter, Leah, standing next to her father’s box. “I’ve been waiting for three years. His death was swept under the rug. “