5 Things You Need to Know About the Michael Moore Police Shooting

We’re unfortunately living in a time where police shootings are becoming a common occurrence, and social media is just magnifying what’s been going on for years.

The latest officer-involved shooting which is picking up steam in the news centers on 19-year-old Alabama teenager, Michael Moore, who was fatally shot four times by an unidentified police officer on Monday, June 13.

Here’s what you need to know about the latest police killing.

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Moore was pulled over by an officer who wasn’t on duty yet

On Monday, June 13, around 6:15 PM, Moore was pulled over for a routine traffic violation by an unidentified Mobile police officer. When the officer asked for Moore’s license and registration, the teenager didn’t have any identification on him, but he gave the officer his name.


The car Moore was driving showed up to be stolen

After the officer ran Moore’s information in his patrol car, he learned the car, which was a Lexus, was reported stolen. The officer then approached the driver’s side and asked Moore to step out of the vehicle.

“He called for assistance from on-duty officers in the area and then made his approach back to the driver’s side of the car,” said James Barber, Mobile Police Chief.


There are conflicting reports saying Moore had a gun or a cellphone in his waistband

This is where things get tricky. The Mobile Police Department report Moore had a gun in his waistband and tried to access it, which is why he was shot. Witnesses say there was a cellphone in his waistband, not a gun. Barber says Moore removed a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson gun from the car’s center console before his second encounter with the officer. According to the chief, the two passengers in the car with Moore said they saw the teenager put the gun in his waistband before being told to step out of the vehicle. As Moore exited the car, the gun was seen in his waistband by both the officer and a passerby. The chief says Moore was ordered by the officer to keep his hands away from the firearm, but when Moore attempted to access it, he was shot three times.

“At that point the driver does go down and then attempts a second time to gain access to the weapon, at which a fourth shot was fired. What officers are actually trained to do is when confronted with deadly force, use deadly force to the extent necessary to stop the threat, and so that could be one shot or four,” said Barber.

He also said  a cell phone and semi-automatic handgun were recovered from the scene.

After being shot, Moore was handcuffed and later pronounced dead at University of South Alabama Medical Center.

A witness at the scene, shares their account.

There were no police body cameras

Because the officer involved in this shooting was on his way to work, there are no police body cameras recording the encounter. The body cameras are stored at the precinct where they are charged and police footage is uploaded from the previous shift on a daily basis. Also, the police car which was being driven by the officer, was not equipped with a dash-board mounted camera. The only body camera footage of the scene is from officers who arrived after the shooting took place. No other officers were present during the traffic stop and shooting.

The officer has not yet been named is currently on administrative duty as the police department and FBI conduct independent investigations.


Moore had dreams of going to the Air Force

Moore is described as a budding community activist who dreamed of going into the U.S. Air Force. Family members are demanding justice and Mobile resident, Timothy Hollis, questioned the police’s motives over the incident, saying, “It hurts me when a child, somebody who hasn’t even experienced life yet, don’t get that chance,” Hollis said. “It’s one thing when the drug game takes them out. It’s one thing when the enemy across the street takes them, but when we’ve got our people that are supposed to protect and serve us, taking them out because they saw a gun, it’s a problem.”



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Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.