Friday, September 13, 2019

Bystander shot at end of police pursuit says he was shackled to hospital bed for hours

From JSOnline:

Tari Davis, the man a Milwaukee police officer shot who was in "close proximity" to a suspect police were attempting to arrest Sunday, holds a news conference Thursday. Davis is seated next to his girlfriend, Lateasha Russ, in front of his home at the 3200 block of North 26th Street. Davis, 41, sustained serious gunshot wounds in the incident. (Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

A man shot by a Milwaukee police officer chasing another man who allegedly fled from a traffic stop said he was shackled to a hospital bed for hours before being released from custody.

Tari Davis, 41, said he wants the officer who shot him fired, and that he exemplifies the reason people flee from police.

"This is not new. This has been happening for quite some time in this community," Davis said at a news conference in front of his home in the 3200 block of North 26th Street where he was shot about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

"You wonder why they run. You wonder why there's police chases," Davis said.

"They're deathly afraid of stopping. They're deathly afraid of what could happen next."

According to Milwaukee police and a criminal complaint, about 20 minutes before the shooting, officers began pursuing a vehicle after the driver fled from a traffic stop in the 2700 block of West Townsend Avenue.

During the chase, the driver, Kevin Brown, 22, weaved in and out of traffic, ran red lights at speeds between 65 and 70 mph, and nearly struck several vehicles, the complaint said.

Brown eventually backed into a pursuing officer's squad in an alley before crashing into an embankment, fleeing on foot and running into Davis' home.

An officer chasing Brown toward the house shot at Brown, believing he was reaching for a weapon, but the bullet struck Davis, "who was in close proximity," according to police.

Brown was arrested and the officer, a 27-year-old man with one and a half years of service, was placed on administrative duty, according to police, who after the shooting said they were investigating whether Davis was involved in the incident.

When asked whether Davis was cleared of any involvement, police spokeswoman Sgt. Sheronda Grant deferred comment to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, which has filed no charges against Davis.

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