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Alabama: White Officer Charged in Murder of Unarmed Black Man

March 03, 2016
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In Montgomery, Alabama, white police officer Aaron Smith has been arrested for the killing of unarmed African-American man Gregory Gunn. On February 25, Gregory Gunn, a 58-year-old grocer, was walking home when the 23-year-old white officer shot him several times, killing him. Following the shooting, Montgomery Police Chief Ernest Finley told local newspapers that Gregory Gunn had been holding some form of a weapon. It was later identified as a retractable painter’s stick. The shooting sparked days of protests and accusations of racial profiling. On Wednesday, officer Aaron Smith was arrested and charged with murder.


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