23-year-old Officer Aaron Smith of the Alabama Police Department last Wednesday was arrested on murder charges for the shooting and killing of Greg Gunn.
Officer Smith was arrested and allowed on a $150,000 bail, said Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey. “I will do everything in my power to protect a police officer who is operating within the law,” Bailey said. “I will also use every ounce of my power to prosecute a police officer who is acting outside of the law,” he continued. The 23-year-old officer straightaway made bail after his arrest.
Smith’s attorney, Mickey McDermont stated that Smith arrest was to calm the general public as they demanded immediate action from authorities.
“This is on the back of a 23-year-old police officer working by himself in a high crime area, with a larger man who ran. We’re sorry for the loss of this man, but he brought it on himself,” McDermott said.
Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange told reporters on Wednesday “In the history of Montgomery, this is not one of our great days.”
Authorities claim that Gunn looked suspicious according to Smith, that was why he left his car to pursue him on foot, but it hasn’t been disclosed what Smith found suspicious.
And even if Gunn was suspicious, without a weapon, did it give Smith the reason to shoot him? Certainly not.
Authorities tried to create a version that Gunn was holding a stick or cane when the two struggled, but Gunn’s next door neighbor refutes this.
“He didn’t have anything, other than the cane they was talking about was my paint cane laying right there. Been there two or three weeks,” said Colvin Hinson, Gunn’s neighbor.
“You know I tip my hat to them because we do need them,” Hinson said. “I just want to know if the protocol is to shoot an unarmed man down dead in front of somebody’s house anytime they feel like it.”
Enough of the shootings, Gunn was a peaceful neighbor and posed no threat to anyone, including Officer Smith, who despite his baseless suspects shot Gunn.