While rushing home to obtain his daughter’s asthma medication, Brian Dennison, 29, was shot at by a Jacksonville sheriff, J.C Garcia. At the last-minute the officer was able to divert his weapon after and Dennison was unharmed. Dennison’s daughter, who was in the back seat, was suffering from an asthma attack at the time of the pursuit and was also unharmed.
According to the official police report, Officer Garcia spotted Dennison speeding through a parking lot to avoid a red light. The officer then attempted to pull Dennison’s car over for numerous traffic violations but Dennison continued to keep driving. Dennison drove into an apartment complex and parked when Officer Garcia, believing Dennison was armed, fired his weapon. At the last moment, he was able to divert his weapon and avoided a possible fatality.
Dennison was then arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license. Garcia has not been suspended or placed on any type of restricted duty.
Thankfully, Dennison and his daughter weren’t harmed in this situation. But if Officer Garcia hadn’t been able to divert his weapon,, we would have been at yet another march, mourning the loss of a young black man killed by the police. Clearly, it is time to take a real look at police training, the use of weapons in arrest and culture or immediate suspicious that has been cultivated around Black males in this country.