A man who was shot by a police officer in an Illinois suburb is now suing the department on the grounds that he did not pose a threat to the cop and that the near-deadly use of force was outright excessive.
The incident in question took place back in July 2016, when 25-year-old Devon Davidson was shot by Officer Paul Sage through the window of his car. The bullet, Davidson’s lawsuit alleges, struck him in the chest and severely injured him.
Sage had been engaged in a chase with Davidson until he reached his mother’s house and hit a vehicle parked in the driveway. When Sage got out of his cruiser and approached the erratic driver with his weapon drawn, Davidson suddenly put the car in reverse and started to drive away.
That’s when the cop fired a shot through Davidson’s window – a move that Davidson’s attorney has labeled as unnecessary. Indeed, Justice Department guidelines call on officers to get out of the way of moving vehicles rather than shooting at them.
The incident has also caused controversy since it’s the third time in the last two years that the Zion Police Department has been involved in a civilian shooting; Davidson was the only one of the three shooting victims to survive.
Davidson was convicted for driving under the influence, as well as for driving with a suspended or revoked license.