Officer Charged For Shooting Man Beating Cop

Lawrence Police Officer Brindley Blood has been charged with felony reckless aggravated battery.

Lawrence, KS A Lawrence police officer, who shot and injured a convicted felon as he was attacking one of her fellow officers, has been charged with felony reckless aggravated battery.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. on May 29, when Lawrence Police Officer Ian McCann stopped a vehicle for a seatbelt violation, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

When Officer McCann asked the driver, later identified as 34-year-old Akira Lewis, for his identification, Lewis refused.

The officer then requested backup, and cautioned Lewis that he would be arrested if he continued to be noncompliant.

Officer Brindley Blood arrived at the scene and positioned herself on the passenger side of Lewis vehicle, at which point Officer McCann opened the drivers side door and began to physically remove the suspect from the SUV.

Lewis responded by getting out of the vehicle on this own, then proceeded to attack and batter the officer, prosecutors said.

Officer Blood tried to intervene and during that intervention she discharged her weapon, striking Mr. Lewis, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson told the Lawrence Journal-World.

Lewis was transported to a local hospital in stable condition, and officials have not disclosed where he was shot. He was ultimately treated and released.

Investigators later discovered that Lewis had two outstanding warrants at the time of the incident. He was also previously convicted of felony aggravated battery in Douglas County, after he struck a man with a baseball bat in 2016.

He was sentenced to probation for that offense.

Lewis has been charged with misdemeanor offenses of driving without proof of insurance, interference with law enforcement, failing to wear a seatbelt, and battery against a law enforcement officer, Branson said.

His initial court appearance is scheduled for Sep. 26.

Officer Blood and Officer McCann were both placed on administrative leave following the shooting, as per department policy.

Because of the conflict created by Lewis possibly being both a defendant and a victim in the case, Douglas County prosecutors requested that the Johnson County District Attorneys Office review the matter, The Kansas City Star reported.

The Johnson County District Attorney ultimately recommended filing the charges against Lewis, but the Douglas County District Attorney opted to charge Officer Blood, as well.

Branson announced the charges against her on Thursday, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

The Lawrence Police Departments internal investigation into the officers actions will begin immediately, the department announced shortly thereafter.

At this time, there is no set timetable for when the internal review will be completed, the department said, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.

Lewis has alleged that he believed that he was being racially discriminated against during the traffic stop, and said he repeatedly requested that a supervisor be brought to the location, according to a statement released by his attorney on Thursday.

Had such a request been honored here, the situation would have been resolved much differently, the statement read.

Lewis also questioned why Officer Blood shot him instead of using any number of non-lethal steps, especially since he was unarmed, according to the statement.

Officer Bloods initial appearance is scheduled for Sep. 27.

According to KCTV, the witness list for Lewis offenses had six names listed.

The witness list for Officer Bloods pending charge had 48 people listed.

Lawrence City Manager Tom Markus refused to speculate on what the charge against the officer might mean for the Lawrence Police Department.

Those are charges issued by the district attorney, and I think that its inappropriate to make comments that could prejudice the procedures that are to follow, he told the Lawrence Journal-World.

Comments (40)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Roll video.

Danimyl
Danimyl

Just a fine outstanding young man on his way to the soup kitchen to help feed the homeless I'm sure.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Just after working all day at a Habitat for Humanity project, I'm sure.

angeljako
angeljako

What a joke of an attorney, a convicted felon gets to order the police officers who should be at the scene.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I hope the officers win this sham of charges then turn in their badges. They can be appreciated in another job........All LEO'S who work for cities where this type of crap happens need to re-evaluate their choice of professions

Heezels
Heezels

6 witnesses and 48 witnesses for the same event? Thats strange. The thing is, there might be an indication of qualified immunity for Blood. Considering similar officers had faced similar situations only to be found justified. If the reports are accurate, then there really isnt much nuance from video that will change the outcome other than if officer Blood started dropping n bombs before she fired.

I think shell be fine, I hope so anyway. But really, what I think is happening, is that the Douglas DA is trying to bolster numbers in police officers charged with violent offenses to go out and show the public, hey look, Im doing my job. But the other issue here is that people seem to think that getting out of your vehicle and attacking an officer shouldnt come at any cost to the attacker. She could have deployed other less than lethal means. She could have, but at the point of attack in an unstable environment like the side of a road, there are just too many variables to fuck around trying to appease people.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

What the fucking fuck. There just aren't enough words for this travesty. Nobody signs up for a job where if someone doesn't like your decision you end up with felony charges.

John.Brown
John.Brown

This whole thing is absurd, but to imply that having a supervisor on the scene would have changed the outcome is complete bullshit. I can't count the number of times a "supervisor" fucked up my scene and made it more violent, not less.

RunCop
RunCop

Officers out there....do no proactive enforcement....none....even when you are right they make your actions wrong....answer radio assignments the put those blinders on.

Anna123
Anna123

just don't respond to calls for anything unless you absolutely have to. Leave them be. In 12 months most of them will be dead anyway. Pray no innocents are taken out too

angeleyes
angeleyes

poor mistreated thug. how dare they hurt him at all, he's a minority and should be let go or at least treated with kid gloves. Douglas County is filled with cowardly DAs, they're so afraid of being viewed as racist, they go as far as they can to prove they're not. Vote the DA out as soon as you can. get a real man/woman in their that will do what's right no matter what.

Coldwater
Coldwater

Hopefully he was shot in the balls. No one needs him to procreate.

61mouse
61mouse

Knew the race BS was going to come into play as soon as I read the title

wmc50
wmc50

@John.Brown as a Supervisor, when I responded, I almost always supported my Officers and occasionally had to assist in subduing suspects. Sometimes just being there seemed to bring the tempers down on both sides...just being dispassionate about the situation seemed to help.

TransportAl
TransportAl

Sheet main hes deednt doos nuffin thems white poleezes arz allz raacis.

Grog
Grog

Had the piece of sh*t complied with the police, as his lawyer said, ......the situation would have been resolved much differently, Ghetto rats!

Mama1959
Mama1959

'Should have used non lethal' . No, you're grown ads should have acted grown and complied...

Stanracer
Stanracer

Always playing the race card. A little compliance would have changed everything. It was only a traffic ticket! Officer Blood was doing her job.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

That part of the country is a sh$&Hole when it comes to working in Law Enforcement. Those officers up there do not have a prayer. Then you have spineless administrators who dont back there officers and prosecutors that want to hang officers so they can get the democratic votes. Unbelievable!!!

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Hey Kansas cops! Get with the fucking program. What dont you guys understand? Why were they stopping this POS? STOP PROACTIVE POLICING! Until you get a written policy change from the DA and Chief, cut the shit. Let these people do whatever the fuck they want. When the law abiding public get sick of it, they will have to step up.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

And youre either a fucking redneck or a Russian troll from St. Petersburg. You should blow Putin you dickhead.

8302140272
8302140272

Let the officers do their jobs, nobody wants revenge or pay back but if the perp dose not cooperate -- BOOM

OldVet
OldVet

She was doing her job, Should not be charged

shooter
shooter

Good shooting, nothing to see here, move along.

Old Sniper
Old Sniper

Good reason for letting citizens assist cops. Armed citizen blows head off creep that's attacking an officer, they're heroes. Cops are screwed by politics.

Bunker
Bunker

I'm glad her punk ass is getting charged hope the rest of those bums do as well damn punks shooting at guys for b.s. gtfoh defending that bitch

Bunker
Bunker

Bet u if a black dude shot a cop in self defense u idiots would say that he's a thug and he deserved it lmao y'all a bunch of bigots haha

Bunker
Bunker

Saying that she drew her gun "on accident" gtfoh wit that trash

tom kitty
tom kitty

I hope and pray some black man shoots that lesbian in the back of the head and see if her family and friends thinks its sad!! That dike don't need to be on the street!!!