Hunter Brittain (2021)

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Deputy's bodycam footage following shooting of Hunter Brittain
Statement by Sheriff John Staley

On June 23, 2021, Lonoke County Arkansas Sheriff's Office Sergeant Michael Davis stopped a pickup truck being driven by Brittain. Brittain exited the truck and attempted to retrieve something from the back of the pickup. Conflicting testimony surrounds any commands that Davis gave Brittain. Davis shot Brittain, who died later at a local hospital.[1]

Davis did not activate his body camera until after the shooting.[1]

In July 2021, Davis was dismissed from the department, because he did not turn on his body camera until after the incident.[2]

On September 17, 2021, Davis was charged with felony manslaughter, which carries a sentence of three to ten years in jail if convicted.[2]

On November 15, 2021, Davis pleaded not guilty to the charge of felony manslaughter.[3]

On March 3, 2022, a judge sealed the case, "in the interest of justice".[4]

On March 18, 2022, Davis was convicted of misdemeanor negligent homicide and sentenced to the maximum of a one-year jail sentence and a $1,000 fine. With a misdemeanor conviction, Davis would be eligible to work in law enforcement. Davis filed an appeal.[5]

On April 1, 2022, body-worn camera video was released.[6]

Brittain's family, the passenger in the vehicle, and a witness who knew Brittain filed a lawsuit against Davis and the Sheriff.[7]

On September 27, 2023, the State Court of Appeals upheld Davis' conviction. David could appeal to the state's Supreme Court.[7]

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