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Dec. 21, 2010 — Jacksonville

Reginald Rishawn Henley, 27, was shot in the back as he ran away from an officer.

According to news reports, at about 2:30 a.m., Officer A.J. Givens tried to pull over Henley's car for speeding and not having headlights on, but Henley fled at about 70 mph.

Henley stopped in a yard and ran away, discarding a pill bottle filled with drugs as he went and ignoring Givens' orders to stop, officials said. Read more

Givens then saw Henley pull a chrome-colored object out of his waistband, and Givens fired eight times, hitting Henley once in the lower back before several officers tackled Henley. He was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery and had a kidney removed.

The object turned out to be drug-weighing scale.

Givens was put on standard administrative leave and the Sheriff's Office took no further action, though in news reports Henley's family questioned why Givens shot an unarmed man running away.

Henley was initially charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and possessing cocaine. He was sentenced to three years in prison for fleeing law enforcement, cocaine possession and resisting an officer with violence.

This was the 107th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Three days earlier, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

Six days later, three officers shot one person in Jacksonville .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Henley did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Officer approached Henley after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  3. Police thought Henley, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.
  4. Henley was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  5. Henley was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  6. Officer was chasing Henley on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  7. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Henley for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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