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May 9, 2012 — Jacksonville

This deadly shooting began with officer Jeffrey Edwards pulling over Davinian Williams' Ford Taurus.

Edwards said Williams, 36, sped away, ignored a stop sign, then drove slowly for 900 yards before he pulled into a parking lot.

Officer Edwards ordered Williams to put his hands on the steering wheel. Instead, he reached for something beneath his seat with his right hand while rolling down the driver's side window with his left, Edwards said. Read more

Edwards fired seven times, striking Williams six times and killing him.

Williams was unarmed but had crack cocaine in his sock.

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said that Edwards did not follow normal traffic stop procedures and had other alternatives, like waiting for backup. He said that Edwards never saw a weapon and Williams never threatened him.

Rutherford fired Edwards in 2013, despite a review from the state attorney's office ruling the shooting justified.

The firing was overturned by an arbitrator.

Williams' family filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

This was the 47th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Fort Myers .

Three days later, three officers shot one person in Miami .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer approached Williams after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  2. Police thought Williams, 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.
  3. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Williams's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  4. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Williams for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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