Assaulted Alabama detective feared being labeled a racist

posted at 10:01 am on August 15, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

Was there anyone with two working brain cells to rub together who was really surprised by this story? A police detective in Alabama pulls over a motorist who is driving in an erratic fashion, calls for backup and suddenly sees the driver exiting the vehicle and coming toward him in an aggressive fashion. Under normal circumstances, the detective should have used whichever level of force (or threat thereof) was required to get the driver back in the vehicle until his backup arrived. But instead, this happens.

The two end up in a parking lot when the detective calls for back-up. It’s during this time, according to police, the suspect gets out of his car and gets aggressive with the officer.

Instead of following policy to try to get the man back in the car, the officer says he hesitates. It’s just enough time police say for 34-year-old Janard Cunningham to sucker punch the officer, knocking him unconscious. He then allegedly takes the officer’s gun and uses it to pistol whip him.

And the helpful citizens in the area were quick to assist the downed officer, right? Don’t make me laugh.

Adding insult to injury, witnesses do nothing to help. Instead, some post images of the attack on social media, bragging about it.

“Pistol whipped his ass to sleep,” One user wrote, employing the hashtag #FDAPOLICE.

Another mockingly offered the officer “milk and cookies” for his “nap time.”

The officer’s recounting of the attack tells the whole story. He had a moment of doubt where he paused because he didn’t want to be another headline. And yes, the motorist was black and the detective is white. He didn’t want to be the next feature of the day on CNN and the rest of the cable news outlets being portrayed as a hateful, out of control racist cop who is just out to kill black people. So he waited a moment too long and it nearly cost him his life.

Bob Owens at Bearing Arms sums it up nicely.

This is the world that the criminal-coddling, police-hating mainstream media hath wrought…

There’s no small amount of irony in CNN reporting this story, and the attack’s callous aftermath, which saw sick criminal supporters take mocking photos of the unconsciousl officer instead of attempting to help him. After all, they’ve done so much to fan the flames of discord that have bought us to this point, with their serially dishonest portrayal of lawful self-defense shootings by police officers and citizens alike…

Violence is a tool of last resort, but once it must be employed, no other tool will suffice. When good people are denied the use of this tool due to absurd, illogical, and extreme political correctness, civil societies fall.

We have let the radical progressives of the mainstream media control the narrative and the culture for too long.

If this story doesn’t make you angry then I simply don’t know what to say to you. We’re not talking about an isolated incident here, but simply one which managed to catch a few headlines. As we’ve discussed before, cops in Baltimore hesitate to do their jobs because they fear attacks not only from the media, but from their own Mayor and the “justice” department there. As a result the city is currently enjoying one of the highest murder rates seen in decades. The pattern is repeating elsewhere.

The FBI already warned us at the beginning of the summer that the number of police officers killed in the line of duty has spiked, up almost 90% from the levels in 2013 before all of this Black Lives Matter and Hands Up Don’t Shoot activity took place. And yet somehow that’s never the story you see on the news. While there are clearly a handful of questionable shootings, the vast majority of incidents where police officers have to resort to force are completely justified. Conversely, there is never a case where attacking or killing a police officer is justified. But don’t hold your breath to see a special report on that any time soon.

So, CNN… remember this glorious moment?

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So, this guy assaulted a cop. And was arrested and charged for his crime. What exactly is the problem Jazz? Anyone can become a crime victim, our system exists to apprehend and prosecute their crimes in a court of law. This is what has happened. The end.

libfreeordie on August 15, 2015 at 11:38 AM

The problem is that the cop hesitated for fear of being called a racist.

Or, more simply, this “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” crowd has made it more dangerous to be a police officer. He got pistol whipped because of them. In two ways. One, as I already pointed out, he hesitated because of it. Two, the perp was incited to violence by this phenomenon.

But, really, if you’re too stupid to figure that out by yourself, then no explanation can possibly help you.

Chris of Rights on August 15, 2015 at 3:02 PM

I’m going to use a line that all cops love to use: If you’re doing nothing wrong you have nothing to fear. Using cop psychology, this cop must be a racist because he so afraid of being labeled a racist. Boom! Hammer brought down!

OliverB on August 15, 2015 at 3:06 PM

I don’t usually post comments but I had to on this story. I’m a police officer (21 years) and a Sergeant who supervises several young officers. I can’t tell you how many times in the last year or so that I’ve had one of them come up to me and say they were afraid to do their job out of fear of reprisals, both externally (community reaction & the media) and, sadly, internally (city & department administration). I’d like to tell them that things will get better but, honestly, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

blueknight99 on August 15, 2015 at 3:18 PM

This same PC BS which is killing and maiming cops in America is also killing troops in the Mideast. Definition of an UNARMED black, illegal alien or Muslim:

1 One who has just tossed a brick, grenade, stone or concrete block with intent to injure, kill or smash a store window.
2 One with bad aim who just has dropped his automatic, AK-47, RPG, knife, ball peen hammer, lug wrench, razor, box cutter etc and has just been shot in self defense.
3 One who outweighs the woman he is raping by 150 pounds.

Anyone loitering or acting suspiciously in a crime Zone or hot battle zone has no reason being there and deserves no benefit of any doubt. Period.

MaiDee on August 15, 2015 at 3:18 PM

He does have a billy club, doesn’t he? I hope the police can defend themselves without shooting someone.

cimbri on August 15, 2015 at 3:24 PM

He does have a billy club, doesn’t he? I hope the police can defend themselves without shooting someone.

cimbri on August 15, 2015 at 3:24 PM

1) No, a lot of police departments have stopped using billy clubs. Instead they use these little whip things that look like an old-style telescoping TV antenna.

2) He’s a detective, not a beat cop. He may not have even had the antenna thing.

3) He hesitated. Not hesitated to shoot, hesitated to act. Does not matter what he was or wasn’t armed with if he is afraid to do anything for fear of media backlash and “protesters” ending up his family’s front lawn.

Sockpuppet Politic on August 15, 2015 at 3:59 PM

I get what the police are saying, someone is sort of threatening but the policeman won’t be able to justify a shooting. So they need some type of intermediate weapon that can stop the potential criminal without shooting him. In the meantime, carry a baseball bat. The government should allow stronger intermediate weapons.

cimbri on August 15, 2015 at 5:31 PM

Blacks should never be pulled over for driving erratically. Better to take the chance that they’ll make it to their destination safely without killing innocents (and if they do, oh well).

Wall it off. Let it burn.

WhirledPeas on August 15, 2015 at 6:14 PM

I posted a comment about a week ago on this incident, linking to this article:

Man charged in Birmingham detective’s beating; outrage follows support of attack on social media

I took note of the race of the victim, his attacker, and of the cretins who posted the pictures and support for the savage who attacked the officer.

I can’t remember the piece I posted it to, but I thought it was relevant. IIRC it was a piece posted by Ed. That was the day Ed dropped the hammer on Bluegill and a couple of others

That comment was removed without notice. Now, a week later, here the story is on HotGas.

I don’t know who pulled my comment, but I do remember, way back when the Zimmerman/Martin story was in the news, this site’s management refused to cover anything about black-on-white crime, apparently from fear of being accused of racism.

novaculus on August 15, 2015 at 6:17 PM

blueknight99 on August 15, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Retired defense counsel here. I’ve got a couple of suggestions for your young cops.

1) It’s better to be judged by 12 than to be carried by 6.

2) Have a Plan B, another possible job or career to pursue, in case defending your life costs you your job, if not jail time, and makes further LEO work impossible.

novaculus on August 15, 2015 at 6:27 PM

So, this guy assaulted a cop. And was arrested and charged for his crime. What exactly is the problem Jazz? Anyone can become a crime victim, our system exists to apprehend and prosecute their crimes in a court of law. This is what has happened. The end.

libfreeordie on August 15, 2015 at 11:38 AM

People like yourself lionize thugs like Michale Brown, which causes police to hesitate rather than act as they should. I have no doubt that if the officer did the proper thing and shot the assailant as the assault began, you would be screaming for the cop’s badge, and that he be removed from the force.

This results in more frequent momentary victories of the lawless over order, which puts us all in danger. If the ‘Michael Brown’s’ of the world (like the one in this story) think they can assault a police officer at will, the same mentality puts you and me at greater risk as well.

Ricard on August 15, 2015 at 8:34 PM

Thank Peggy Noonan for voting in the post-racial President.

faraway on August 15, 2015 at 8:45 PM

Ricard on August 15, 2015 at 8:34 PM

There is a critical lesson here, not just for cops, but for anyone who chooses to go armed.

You cannot allow an assailant to gain control of your weapon.

This cop made a terrible error in judgment. He’s lucky it didn’t cost him his life.

One solid shot is all it takes to stun you for a moment and turn the situation irreversibly against you.

You cannot underestimate the threat.

I’ll never forget seeing a scrawny Mexican guy about 5’6″ step inside the guard of a big white guy over 6′ tall and knock him on his a$$ with a single right to the jaw. No sucker punch, either, Donnie just didn’t take the guy seriously and didn’t react when the guy closed the range.

If you’re armed and you’re assaulted by anyone who might conceivably be able to land a single solid blow, you must employ whatever degree of force is necessary, including deadly force, to prevent the assailant from gaining the upper hand and control of your weapon.

This may involve killing an unarmed person. It’s just the way it is. If you’re not prepared to deal with it, better to go unarmed.

novaculus on August 15, 2015 at 9:14 PM

There is a critical lesson here, not just for cops, but for anyone who chooses to go armed.

You cannot allow an assailant to gain control of your weapon.

This cop made a terrible error in judgment. He’s lucky it didn’t cost him his life.

novaculus on August 15, 2015 at 9:14 PM

Let’s consider Darren Wilson, who did exactly what he should have done when thug Michael Brown attempted to get control of his weapon. He may be alive, but the ‘libfrees’ of the world have ruined what’s left of it. The police that remain are learning from this and we are all in greater danger for it.

Ricard on August 15, 2015 at 9:46 PM

So, this guy assaulted a cop. And was arrested and charged for his crime. What exactly is the problem Jazz? Anyone can become a crime victim, our system exists to apprehend and prosecute their crimes in a court of law. This is what has happened. The end.

libfreeordie on August 15, 2015 at 11:38 AM

People like yourself lionize thugs like Michale Brown, which causes police to hesitate rather than act as they should. …

This results in more frequent momentary victories of the lawless over order, which puts us all in danger. If the ‘Michael Brown’s’ of the world (like the one in this story) think they can assault a police officer at will, the same mentality puts you and me at greater risk as well.

Ricard on August 15, 2015 at 8:34 PM

Quite likely HA’s libfree, the black teaching assistant in Colorado, lives in a white majority middle class enclave, although he no doubt has many “racism” anecdotes to trot out to justify his intellectual bigotry.

His own neighborhood doesn’t need much policing because the residents are law-abiding; it makes it easy to cheer on the thugs vs pigs cage matches the media creates with the dissemination of Hands UP, BLM and similar newspeak.

Dolce Far Niente on August 15, 2015 at 10:00 PM

greater danger for it.

Ricard on August 15, 2015 at 9:46 PM

As well as the ignorant masses of Baltimore.

CWforFreedom on August 15, 2015 at 10:02 PM

I’m going to use a line that all cops love to use: If you’re doing nothing wrong you have nothing to fear. Using cop psychology, this cop must be a racist because he so afraid of being labeled a racist. Boom! Hammer brought down!

OliverB on August 15, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Holy shit. You’re a dimwit.

CWforFreedom on August 15, 2015 at 10:06 PM

The need to have a caption contest for the picture accompanying the story.

Here’s my entry:

“OK, ladies, who’s the biggest moron in the room?”

Zooid on August 15, 2015 at 10:39 PM

Hey, who commits more homicides per year. Registered Dems or Republicans. That is a study that needs to be done but never will be because everyone knows what the answer will be.

The Notorious G.O.P on August 15, 2015 at 10:40 PM

A lot of this thread is re-play from others on the topic:

I’m just surprised the officer doesn’t realize that if you are from Alabama, and you are white, the press has ALREADY labeled you a racist, no matter what you do or say.

Doc Holliday on August 15, 2015 at 11:27 AM

(and oscar and gryphon have a good discussion going on resisting police).
These are important:

People don’t understand. There are only two ways this plays out and neither ends well for the black community. Way number 1, cops don’t do shit in these neighborhoods and they become cesspool more than they are now. Way number 2, cops roll into these neighborhoods posse deep thinking they are on a war footing and more people take bullets because the cops feel threatened

Leopard1996 on August 15, 2015 at 10:08 AM

My mother’s best friend was black. I grew up thinking there was little difference between black people and white people. Now decades latter I find that there is a “black culture” that embraces crime as a way of life. There are criminals that should be shunned by any civilized person that are now heroes and role models for other blacks. It is my opinion that this “culture” is 100% a creation of the left and their useful idiots the liberals. We are facing a war along racial lines that has been fomented by the left since the 60s. What the end game is I’m not sure. It may be to exterminate blacks or it may be to bring about the destruction of the country via martial law that ends in dictatorship. It may be as simple as a certain segment of our population just want to see it all burn.

Dr. Frank Enstine on August 15, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Not only is the progressive left tying the hands of the police and intimidating them into inaction by burning down the town if they use force, they have a campaign to release the criminals already in jail because they say “mass incarceration” is discriminatory. Combine confining the police to their stations with release of criminals and you will see what Iraq was like when Saddam turned loose all the criminals and the police deserted as the US forces were coming. The chaos that was blamed on Don Rumsfeld was exactly what Saddam planned and will happen in American cities under these progressive left policies. One has to wonder if the predictable result is not what the left really wants– Enough chaos to bring down the status quo and open the public to their idea of reform through the Marxist Utopia that offers security through dictatorship of the proletariat.

KW64 on August 15, 2015 at 11:31 AM

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the take away for me is that there are people out there who have no fear of the police and will aggressively walk straight up to them and attack.

if we’re going to use a handful of incidents as proof of what blacks go through, then let this serve as proof of what the police deal with.

jetch on August 15, 2015 at 2:01 PM
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So, this guy assaulted a cop. And was arrested and charged for his crime. What exactly is the problem Jazz? Anyone can become a crime victim, our system exists to apprehend and prosecute their crimes in a court of law. This is what has happened. The end.

libfreeordie on August 15, 2015 at 11:38 AM

The problem is that the cop hesitated for fear of being called a racist.

Or, more simply, this “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” crowd has made it more dangerous to be a police officer. He got pistol whipped because of them. In two ways. One, as I already pointed out, he hesitated because of it. Two, the perp was incited to violence by this phenomenon.

But, really, if you’re too stupid to figure that out by yourself, then no explanation can possibly help you.

Chris of Rights on August 15, 2015 at 3:02 PM

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AesopFan on August 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM

And this is good info and advice:

Many older police officers say that, in addition to being taught how to use force, they were also taught deescalation techniques in order to gain compliance. They complain that many of the younger officers were only taught the complete opposite – rapid escalation. Since everything is now illegal, we see examples of “law abiding citizens” having their faces smashed for not using the crosswalk properly or standing on a sidewalk too long.

blink on August 15, 2015 at 12:39 PM

I don’t usually post comments but I had to on this story. I’m a police officer (21 years) and a Sergeant who supervises several young officers. I can’t tell you how many times in the last year or so that I’ve had one of them come up to me and say they were afraid to do their job out of fear of reprisals, both externally (community reaction & the media) and, sadly, internally (city & department administration). I’d like to tell them that things will get better but, honestly, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

blueknight99 on August 15, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Retired defense counsel here. I’ve got a couple of suggestions for your young cops.

1) It’s better to be judged by 12 than to be carried by 6.

2) Have a Plan B, another possible job or career to pursue, in case defending your life costs you your job, if not jail time, and makes further LEO work impossible.

novaculus on August 15, 2015 at 6:27 PM

AesopFan on August 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Perpetuating a myth or lie isn’t anything new to cnn. They don’t report the news, they create it! CNN is a joke!

soapyjeans on August 16, 2015 at 12:36 AM

Predictable…

BallisticBob on August 16, 2015 at 12:43 AM

Wall it off. Let it burn.

WhirledPeas on August 15, 2015 at 6:14 PM

Two state solution.

Bertram Cabot Jr. on August 16, 2015 at 1:04 AM

It would serve the media right if the police refused to defend them in retribution for their corrupt chicanery, but these fantastic true-blue heroes we don’t deserve in our vile perfidy have too much integrity for that.

russedav on August 16, 2015 at 2:00 AM

And as for the CNN photo, what can you say but four useful idiot brain-dead blonde parrots. (“blonde” is spelled that way intentionally since the PC who res consider it “sexist” and one must not fail to give them some excitement, ne pas?)

russedav on August 16, 2015 at 2:10 AM

is there no non-lethal method of subduing someone ? like pepper spray ? Tasers seem to be problematic.

williampeck1958 on August 16, 2015 at 10:07 AM

Predictable…

BallisticBob on August 16, 2015 at 12:43 AM

That’s hilarious. The semi-literates saw the word ‘violence’ and were compelled to accommodate.

WhirledPeas on August 16, 2015 at 10:20 AM

is there no non-lethal method of subduing someone ? like pepper spray ? Tasers seem to be problematic.

williampeck1958 on August 16, 2015 at 10:07 AM

When someone is physically resisting being detained against their will, you always run the risk of causing an adrenaline surge. Tasers make this less likely, but electrical pulses can aggravate undiagnosed medical issues. Mind you, this wasn’t a citizen that got pistol whipped in this particular instance; it was the cop. He hesitated, and nearly lost his life for it to an unarmed assailant.

gryphon202 on August 16, 2015 at 10:22 AM

Mr Kohn and friends are idiots

Privatize It on August 16, 2015 at 10:23 AM

How we got here.

Signposts along the way:

“The Cambridge police acted stupidly.”

——————Beer Summiteer

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”

——————Nobel Narcissist

Thanks for nothing, Mr. Post-Racial Savior of All That Is Good (and Keeper of the Ocean Levels).

hillbillyjim on August 16, 2015 at 12:07 PM

Predictable

BallisticBob on August 16, 2015 at 12:43 AM

Gobsmacking irony would be a feeble understatement.

hillbillyjim on August 16, 2015 at 12:14 PM

The liberals are making the rest of us reap what they sowed. We’ve got to make certain this illegal and immoral administration is stopped. Hillary and Obama need to learn about prison from the inside.

evie1949 on August 16, 2015 at 2:38 PM

their badge should is not be enough to protect them from violent and potentially fatal retribution.

gryphon202 on August 15, 2015 at 11:12 AM

It will not be a one on one encounter and you will be outgunned. The chance of it ever happening to you is almost zero, so really just talking points by both of us.

HonestLib on August 16, 2015 at 2:44 PM

So, this guy assaulted a cop. And was arrested and charged for his crime. What exactly is the problem Jazz? Anyone can become a crime victim, our system exists to apprehend and prosecute their crimes in a court of law. This is what has happened. The end.

libfreeordie on August 15, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Shorter version…The cop got what he deserved.

HonestLib on August 16, 2015 at 2:45 PM

These CNN pukes get more exposure on Hot Air than they do on CNN. Good work Jazz.

Old Country Boy on August 17, 2015 at 10:03 AM

He does have a billy club, doesn’t he? I hope the police can defend themselves without shooting someone.

cimbri on August 15, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Detectives and plain clothes officer do not carry the same equipment as uniformed officers. The majority of detectives carry their side arm with 1 or 2 extra magazines, their department badge and department ID. Some, but but all, will wear a bullet resistant vest.

Cherokee on August 17, 2015 at 10:04 AM

…and some will carry capsicum spray mace.

Cherokee on August 17, 2015 at 10:07 AM

We’re not talking about an isolated incident here, but simply one which managed to catch a few headlines.

I think this full incident is an isolated one – most of the problems we’re seeing don’t end up with an unconscious cop on the ground because of it.

Conversely, there is never a case where attacking or killing a police officer is justified.

To say this as an absolute is ridiculous.

Having said those things, it would have been interesting if someone there who was pro-law-and-order had been carrying, and shot the sob. But, those sorts of people aren’t usually in the kind of group that gathers around and videos a fight.

GWB on August 17, 2015 at 12:42 PM

No, if police execute a no-knock warrant, their badge should not be enough to protect them from violent and potentially fatal retribution.

gryphon202 on August 15, 2015 at 11:12 AM

As you’ve pointed out “should” is the operative word there.

I’ll post it again, and this time pay particular attention to number six and number seven.

Nobody ever seems to read those when I post them. Maybe you’ll have better luck.

If cops abided by the Peelian principles,

gryphon202 on August 15, 2015 at 11:26 AM

The real problem is that *society* has to abide by the Peelian Principles. If it treats the police as elite (rather than just a fellow citizen doing a job they all have responsibility for), then the police will naturally act that way.

And if you want to know why I carry a gun

Bishop on August 15, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Except you lost it on that fishing trip, right?

Yes, it’s risky to physically defend yourself against law enforcement (such as the Bundy Ranch), but saying that it’s never the correct action to take is stupid.

blink on August 15, 2015 at 12:15 PM

I’m going to firmly agree with this. (Yeah, pick your chin up off the floor, blink.)

LashRambo on August 15, 2015 at 12:21 PM

IMO, a better option would be to begin teaching everyone how responsibility is a major component of being a citizen. Clean up your neighborhoods by exercising your responsibilities AND your rights. And include that cops are nothing more than citizens being paid to do full-time what citizens ought to be doing anyway.

GWB on August 17, 2015 at 1:55 PM

this wasn’t a citizen that got pistol whipped in this particular instance; it was the cop.

gryphon202 on August 16, 2015 at 10:22 AM

And there you go, buying into the non-Peelian attitude. ;)

GWB on August 17, 2015 at 3:15 PM