JSO says Davinian Darnell Williams had 17 grams of cocaine and a half gram of crack cocaine in his socks. Officer Jeff Edwards pulled him over and ended up killing him when he disobeyed commands and reached down in his car.
The family of a Jacksonville man who was shot six times by a police officer during a traffic stop in Arlington earlier this month has told the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office that it plans to sue.
Family members of 35-year-old Davinian Williams said at a news conference that they feel is killing was unjust. They want the officer who killed him to be charged with murder.
Police say Williams was pulled over on Rogero Road about 2:15 a.m. on May 9 for driving erratically and running a stop sign.
Officer Jeff Edwards, a three-year JSO veteran, said it seemed like the driver was trying to avoid him while he was out on patrol.
Edwards said that Williams was acting nervous, fidgeting around, and disobeying his commands to stop and show his hands. He fired seven shots at Williams through the back window of the car when he felt threatened, investigators said. The inciting moment was when Williams reached down for something.
Williams didn’t have a firearm on him, but police did find 17 grams of cocaine and a half gram of crack cocaine in his socks.
Williams’ family says all he had done at that point was commit a traffic violation. They said he certainly did not deserve to have been shot dead.
Craig Gibbs, the attorney for the family, tells our news partner Channel 4 that Williams was a law-abiding citizen who had just started work at JaxPort. They said he had recently been drug tested, and he was killed for no reason whatsoever except for profiling.
Family attorney Rufus Pennington added that he wasn’t resisting arrest or attempting to evade. He says the use of deadly force was excessive and not justified.
Williams was a convicted felon with an extensive criminal history dating back to 1992. It includes resisting arrest, selling drugs, driving with a suspended or revoked license, battery, and burglary.
The family’s attorney say, according to an eyewitness, the officer told Williams to put his hands up twice but didn’t give him enough time to comply. They say that fact will help show Edwards’ use of force was excessive.
Davinian Williams was shot dead by an officer during a traffic stop. Now his family is suing JSO for the officer's excessive use of force.