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Dash cam shows altercation that led to fatal police shooting in Dothan, Alabama

On Dec. 30, 2014, Robert Earl Lawrence attempted to return a lost dog to the Dothan Animal Shelter. When asked, he declined a request to produce a drivers license. He was told by Officer Adrianne Woodruff that he could not leave without producing a license. After a lengthy argument outside the shelter, Lawrence was shot in stomach without warning and killed. His small children watched from the backseat just a couple feet away.

Local authorities cleared Officer Adrianne Woodruff in July of 2015.
 
Lawrence’s cousin, who was taking care of his three young children, sued over excessive force on Dec. 29, 2016. The cousin said Lawrence had begun reading about Sovereign Citizen arguments regarding individual rights and policing in the months before the incident.
 
Federal court on July 25, 2018, threw out claims against supporting officers, but found there was evidence to let the case go forward against Woodruff. The court held that Lawrence did not attempt to flee and made no threats. Attorneys for police argue Lawrence grabbed Woodruff’s Taser, constituting a threat, but defense argues Lawrence was being held by a larger officer and was reaching out to stop the pain from being drive stunned by Woodruff. The court found that Woodruff freely let go of her Taser to grab her gun. “It is undisputed that Woodruff gave no warning before shooting Lawrence” reads the court ruling from July 25. As for what started it all, the court wrote that Lawrence’s arguments may have made Woodruff uncomfortable, but: “The alleged offenses here were certainly minor (or non-existent.)”
 
Police denied public records requests for this footage. The footage was produced as part of the lawsuit. This is the first time the video has been seen by the public.

This video stops before the actual shooting.

Full Story: https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/08/alabama_police_officer_argues.html 

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