Phoenix, AZ — A federal agent with the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agency, working alongside Phoenix police officers, shot and hospitalized the wrong person falsely accused of being an armed robbery suspect, a 19-year-old teenager. At first, Phoenix PD claimed they were the ones to blame for the officer-involved shooting, but later clarified saying it was actually an ATF agent who shot the young adult.
Dion Humphrey had just walked his siblings to school and was heading back home when he heard what sounded like gunshots coming from a White SUV. Humphrey took off running, but was cut off by another vehicle, and then hit with baton rounds, a type of non-lethal weapon. The teenager is quite fragile, weighing no more than 90 pounds, a direct result of sickle cell anemia and asthma his family says. After having his egress blocked by cops, stunned with an auditory device, and shot with baton rounds, he was then tackled to the ground.
The ATF claims Phoenix PD shot the baton rounds. Humphrey’s brother was who both agencies were looking for but his father says Humphrey’s half-brother hasn’t lived in the home for months. Khalil Thornton looks nothing like Humphrey according to family members and photos of the man. He has dread locks and tattoos. Humphrey has neither and was wearing a beanie at the time of the assault on his person. Police claim Humphrey told them he actually shares a room with Thornton but wouldn’t give the location of the house at which the two share a room.
Humphrey’s father, William Humphrey is disappointed in the way the police officers and the ATF treated his son.
It definitely makes me question if he was profiled…They didn’t respond to him in any humane fashion…
William says his son was in pain after police officers took him home. The father then took his son to Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care unit for five days as a direct result of having been stunned, hit with painful non-lethal rounds, and tackled to the ground. It was determined there was swelling around his heart.
The ATF told ABC15 there will not be an investigation into the case of mistaken identity because they got the wrong guy and he was released. However, the family is planning to file an official complaint with police department, the first step in a potential lawsuit.
As TFTP has reported on numerous occasions, police often get the wrong guy, and very rarely are held accountable for the damage they cause when they do. In a story we covered in 2016, Grand Rapids Michigan police officers along with FBI agents beat a man so badly he became unconscious. Then, after beating the man so severely, officers then took cell phones away from bystanders and deleted their cell phone footage of the assault by officers while claiming it was for “officer safety”.
It turns out, the man they beat nearly to death was not the one they were looking for. But instead of letting him go, they charged him with several felonies: assaulting, resisting, and obstructing an officer causing injury; felonious assault; and assaulting, resisting, and obstructing an officer. Following an eight-month trial, a jury acquitted him of all counts. Let that sink in for a minute.
Police officers beat, kidnapped, caged, and nearly killed the wrong suspect and then turned around and charged him, in essence, with beating them up and getting in their way, charges he had to fight in court just to keep his so-called freedom.
Had it not been for a sympathetic jury, ones with true integrity and conscience, the young man could have spent a decade in prison for being in the wrong place at the wrong time around bad cops. How are both of examples above not the truest definition of a police state? We are left scratching our heads. The ATF agent had one job to do, apprehend and arrest the right suspect. Instead, they nearly killed a severely sick and fragile young man. Nice work guys, nice work.