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Another pulled-over black motorist “tussling” with the Police…

Via AL Com:

A Center Point man with a violent past is now charged with attempted murder in the pistol-whipping of a Birmingham police detective during a traffic stop Friday morning.

Police today identified the suspect as 34-year-old Janard Shamar Cunningham, also known as Janaris Shavar Cunningham. He has at least a half dozen convictions dating back to 1999, and as many arrests in which charges were dismissed during the same time period.

Cunningham is charged in the beating of a detective who is a six-year veteran of the force. Authorities said Cunningham stole the detective’s gun and then repeatedly hit him in the head until the detective stopped moving.[…]

It all began just after 11 a.m. Friday when the detective, in plain clothes and an unmarked car, stopped a maroon 2012 GMC Yukon in the 9100 block of Parkway East in the Roebuck Plaza, possibly in connection with some burglaries in the area. He approached the vehicle, and told the suspect to stay in the SUV while he waited for a marked unit for backup.

Cunningham got out of the vehicle despite the officer’s demands, and began to question the detective about why he was being stopped. A tussle followed and the suspect assaulted hit the detective in the head with his own weapon.

The detective issued a plea for all available help over the police radio at 11:15 a.m. The detective was rushed to UAB Hospital, with police blocking off downtown intersections to make way for the detective’s arrival via ambulance.

Police chased the SUV to the Roebuck Springs neighborhood about one mile away and set up a perimeter. Nearby W.J. Christian School was put lockdown during the search. Dozens of officers and U.S Marshals were on the scene. Tracking dogs were brought in to help search for a possible third suspect, but authorities later said they believed there was no remaining suspect.[…]

Not long after the attack, photos began to surface on social media showing the detective lying face down on the pavement. Another photo showed him bloody and kneeling, but awake. In some cases on Facebook, the photos were accompanied by words of support for whoever beat the detective.

That, police say, is outrageous. Officers are angry that any photos were shown at all, but even more so that there were some who mocked the incident. “He was laying there lifeless and people were standing around taking pictures,” said Birmingham police Sgt. Heath Boackle, president of the Fraternal Order of Police. “If the tables were turned, and that was a suspect lying there, they would be rioting.”

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