Milwaukee Man Speaks Out After Police Accidentally Shoot Him, Handcuff His Wife and Children While Pursuing Another Man

Tari Davis, 43, was shot by an Milwaukee police officer was pursing another man on Sept 8, 2019. “They first have to acknowledge any wrongdoing. They haven’t accepted accountability for their actions in this process,”  Davis said. Right before the shooting  police were trying to arrest a suspect who fled a traffic stop. The suspect ran to Davis’ home, the two men knew each other.

“I got to my back door, and it swings towards me, I looked down to see who the person was then I looked up there’s the flash, gunfire, I’m feeling the pain, I’m hurting, it’s excruciating pain going on at that moment,” Davis said.

While Davis was being treated for his gunshot wound, his family, including his four teenage daughters were detained and handcuffed. No charges were filed against Davis, and the officer involved was fired from the Milwaukee Police Department. Regardless Davis’ road to justice is still ongoing two years later.

Davis says police still has his cellphone and the police are reluctant to release all of the body camera footage. “The hard part is realizing they are trying to do what I think they are trying to do is they want to cover this up as much as possible,” he said.

Since the incident, Davis created a website detailing his case and organized several press conferences to keep pressure on police and city officials. In November 2019, Davis filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee seeking compensation for damages.

In a statement sent to Atlanta Black Star, “The Milwaukee Police Department does not have a formal statement on this matter as there is pending litigation. The member engaged in this officer-involved shooting was discharged from the Milwaukee Police Department” the department said.

The Milwaukee Mayor’s Office told the news outlet “Because of the pending federal court case filed by Mr. Davis, it would be inappropriate for any city official to make a comment outside of that forum.”

Davis said he still hasn’t’ talked to any city officials or the police department, and hasn’t received an apology.

“I have children that have to go through therapy because they sat there, they experienced it, they watched it with their own two eyes. I have two daughters who learned what hard, cold, steel handcuffs feel like tightly around their wrists for the first time in their life,” he said.

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