Hunter Britten’s family sues ex-MP

Hunter Britten’s family has announced that it will sue former Representative Michael Davis and Lunnock County Mayor John Staley in connection with the fatal shooting.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark – It’s officially been a full year since 17-year-old Hunter Brittany was killed while on a traffic stop in Lunnock County.

The Hunter Brittain case has gained national attention over the past year, with famed civil rights attorney Ben Crump representing the Brittain family.

The family’s legal team, which includes Crump and Devon M. Jacob, filed a lawsuit Thursday against former Representative Michael Davis and Lunnock County Mayor John Staley over Hunter’s death.

After the lawsuit was announced, the British family’s legal team issued the following statement:

With the lawsuit filed today against former Representative Michael Davis and Lunnock County Mayor John Staley, we are one step closer to achieving justice for Hunter Brittany, his family, and the two other boys forever affected by this tragedy.

Not only was Hunter unarmed, complied, and posed no threat to the Deputy, he was actually trying to protect him by grabbing a bottle of antifreeze to put behind the wheel of his truck so he wouldn’t back down to the Deputy. Without warning or reason, Davis shot the 17-year-old’s neck, killing him. The failures of former Representative Davis and the sheriff of Lunnock County are widespread and troubling and directly caused the tragic and avoidable death of Hunter Britten.

Hunter’s family dreamed of watching him attend prom, graduate, and pursue his career with NASCAR. Now, they cling to their fight for justice and accountability. Our endeavor is to help them obtain it.”

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The family’s lawsuit comes after former Representative Davis was convicted of negligent murder in a multi-day trial in March.

Davis was originally charged with manslaughter, and after the March ruling, he was sentenced to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

The trial months earlier was filled with mixed feelings, with both the Hunter family and Davis’ ex-boss commenting on the verdict.

Hunter’s grandmother, Rebecca Payne, said after the trial, “I wasn’t happy. All I wanted from day one was for him to get a felony where he could never be in law enforcement again and carry a gun. That’s all I asked for.” .

“Although Mr. Davis is no longer working in my office, I have been following this case closely. I respect the jury’s decision. As I said from day one, this was a tragic event and we all need to continue to pray for those involved,” he said. Lunnock County Police Chief John Staley after the trial.

The announcement of the lawsuit also comes after the Britten family and Michael Davis both said they would file civil lawsuits against the Lunnock County Sheriff’s Office.

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