Larry Davis Claiming Self-Defense for his Reason for Shooting at the Police
Name: Andrea Joan Roberts
Institution: Keiser University
Larry Davis was a New York criminal who was also called Adam Abdul-Hakeem is remembered for shooting six police officers on 19th November, 1986 (Drori, 1993). The shootout occurred at Larry Davis sister’s apartment located at Bronx. Police claimed that aim of the raid was to question Larry Davis concerning the mysterious death of four suspects of drug trafficking. During the trial, Larry Davis attorneys submitted that the aim of the raid was to kill Davis since he knew about the involvement of police who were extremely corrupt in the drug trading business. Davis took numerous hostages but when reporters confirmed that he would not be harmed, he accepted to surrender himself to the police. In the shootout case, the judge acquitted Larry Davis of murder charges leveled against him both in the shootout case and in the suspected murder of drug dealers. The judge however found Larry Davis guilty of illegal possession of weapons. Larry Davis was in support of African-Americans who were easy targets for white policemen (Drori, 1993). This paper explores the facts in Larry Davis shootout case where his attorneys won in convincing the judge that Larry Davis acted in self-defense. The defense team submitted that the police were the first to fire at him prompting him to fire in order to defend himself.
The Shootout of Six police Officers
In the shootout case, the claimant had charged Larry Davis with attempted murder of six police officers, assault and illegal possession of firearms. During the case, racism tactics played from both the defense side and the prosecutor’s side (Drori, 1993). The prosecutor attempted to excuse black women from hearing the case on grounds that they would show sympathy to Larry Davis. The defense team was also found to have violated the law by attempting to exclude white...