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Lee County, AL — Fear, cowardice, dread, hate — training — one or more of these traits are present more often than not when a police officer shoots an unarmed person. And, in the dashcam video below, that assertion becomes apparent as Opelika police officer Phillip Hancock shoots Airman Michael Davidson for no reason other than fear.

The incident happened on March 6, 2014, however, the dashcam was kept secret until a little more than three years to the date after the shooting. Hancock was responding to a minor accident in which Davidson had swiped the back of a tractor trailer, and both parties were waiting for police to arrive after they had exchanged information.

When Hancock arrives on the scene, he immediately becomes aggressive with Davidson, who was merely trying to get out of his car. Because Davidson was parked on a slope, opening his door was particularly difficult as it was much heavier at this angle. Instead of realizing this was a factor, Hancock, applying his training while experiencing high levels of fear and cowardice, escalated the situation to violence.


“Show me your hands,” screams Hancock as Davidson frantically tries to comply.

Davidson’s attorney’s, Brian Mosholder explains, as reported by WRBL, that Davidson’s wallet was in his left hand while pushing against the door to get it open, and then he reached back with his right hand. Soon after, Ofc. Hancock asks Davidson to show him his hands. Davidson brings his right hand through and up to his left hand, turned and got out of the vehicle as quickly as he could and put his hands out in front of him with his wallet in both hands and began to raise his hands. Soon after, the first shot is fired, which hits the ground. Then, Mosholder said Davidson’s hands went up and the second shot was fired, which hit Davidson.

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“It’s very obvious from that part of the video that Officer Hancock is creating a situation that he wished had happened that would have justified this shooting,” Mosholder said. “When you look at the video, none of that happened. When you look at the video, in less than six seconds, from the time Michael Davidson opens his door, Officer Hancock shoots him, and he shoots him for absolutely no reason.”

After he was shot, the Airman was seen writhing in pain on the ground — as the blood spot in the back of his jeans grew increasingly larger. Davidson was shot in the abdomen and suffered severe artery damage and “extensive internal bleeding,” according to the suit.

During the melee, the innocent truck driver was also in danger from this irresponsible cop’s fear as he fired rounds in his direction as well.

For the last three years, Davidson was hoping to seek justice against the man who shot him for no reason. However, as is the case in so many other police shootings, the shooting was found to be justified — because the cop expressed a justifiable reason to fear for his life.

“The City, the Chief of Police and its officer have always denied any wrongdoing,” a statement from the City of Opelika in response to the most recent court ruling read. “This case has now been analyzed by two federal courts … The judges have unanimously determined after a review of the evidence, which includes the dash cam video, there was no wrongdoing on behalf of the City, the Chief, or the involved officer. In reaching their respective decisions, these Federal Courts reviewed all of the evidence. Their opinions are clearly supported by all evidence.”

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In affirming the district court’s ruling, according to oanow.com, the three-judge panel said it had reviewed the evidence, including dash cam video, and provided the following summary statement: “After careful consideration and review of a video recording of the shooting, viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to Davidson, we conclude that a reasonable officer in Hancock’s position would have feared for his life. Accordingly, we affirm the district court’s grant of summary judgment based on qualified immunity in favor of Hancock on all claims.”

Below is the end result of too much fear pumped into cops during their training. Thankfully, Davidson lived, no thanks to the cops who let him bleed out for more than 5 minutes before providing any life saving methods — but he will never be the same again.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • Speckintime

    Don’t give first aid you cowardly piece of shit, as for the courts justifying this Hitler would be proud, they are lucky that I am not on no jury for a civil suit.

    . It is sad but too often the more successful one becomes the more they tend lose track of what is really important in life.

    The problem with power is not only does it corrupt but it also draws in the most corrupt to it, that is why mankind continues on the same path no matter who takes power.

    The US could make a real change if we the people would raise up patriots in third parties and vote out every incumbent at every election or corrupt laws could be neutered by jury nullification but unfortunately that is not happening.

    The corruption is not only in the government that sells the lies and promises but it is also in the people that buy into the lies and promises.

    It all makes perfect sense when you realize that Mammon is the god that they Trust and Serve.

    Oh how we care, yet we never dare look to the heart of the matter.
    How men of great greed, get what they need, purses that only get fatter. 😮

    The whole plan of those hiding behind the curtain is to destroy nations, crash economies, shut down free speech, flood the world with terrorists then get the people to beg to have their rights and freedoms taken away in order to be safe.

    These powers that be want you to be a slave, a criminal or dead.

    The End Game is the greatest redistribution of wealth the world has ever seen to a very select few that will drive mankind to the brink of extinction fighting over it. O.o

    Unfortunately as technology grows the corruption becomes more deadly, that is why mankind is heading either toward Revelations or extinction.

  • Daniel W. McCullar

    If there is reasonable fear for his life then this makes him 1000%, clearly and without doubt a coward. OSI should have gotten involved. While stationed overseas we are regularly exposed to danger to our self and others. There truly is danger 24/7, but we do not react this way and rarely are there these kinds of incidents. It is not just training, but the courage and metal of the person. This officer and so many more are completely lacking.

  • crazytrain2

    This was an accident scene. If it were a traffic stop, I think it would be much different. The way this guy gets out of the car and then raises the wallet, it does look like he is pulling a gun. But as I said, this was a car accident, so I am not sure why the cop is on “red alert” as he is approaching the vehicle. It’s easy to point out that the car was on a slope and the door kept shutting, which explains why he was struggling with the door, but on the scene, that definitely looked “off” and the way he raises his hands when told, with a black object in his hand, I can understand how the cop thought he had a gun. I don’t understand why he would have thought the guy would have a gun, but I can understand how.

    And I felt bad for the guy. He was trying to be helpful, and did exactly what he was told to do, and still he was shot.

  • crazytrain2

    You live close to a police range, and what you think you hear as rapid fire, is more likely multiple officers firing. Having qualified probably a hundred times over the years, I have never, ever witnessed a police officer qualifying at a range, shoot rapidly. They are shooting at a target and are penalized for missing the target. If they fail to qualify, they face humiliation and have to sit a desk for a week until they can requalify. Shooting rapidly increases the chance of missing and not having proper sight picture, proper trigger pull, or allowing the gun to reset on target.

    • Terry Foster


      • crazytrain2

        Well, that is certainly a harsh reply to a guy that lives near a police shooting range. I nicely explained why I felt he was wrong, and you could have done the same, rather than say you felt his opinion was bullshit. I know he is wrong, and you obviously know he is wrong as well, but you could of phrased it more kindly. Alright, good talk, man.

  • St.G

    Your website sucks. I was reading the article and something about going to some other article overtook the entire screen and there was no way to close it.