A Police Officer Was Pistol-Whipped Until He Was Knocked Unconscious. But It’s What Happened Next…


An Alabama man has been charged with attempted murder after gruesome pictures popped up online showing him pistol-whipping a Birmingham police detective during a routine traffic stop Friday morning.

According to AL.com, the incident started shortly after 11:00 a.m. Friday when the unnamed officer — who was in plain clothes and an unmarked car — stopped 34-year-old Janard Shamar Cunningham. The officer told Cunningham to stay in his car as he waited for backup to arrive on the scene.

Cunningham instead chose to ignore the request and exited his vehicle to question the officer about why he was pulled over. A fight quickly ensued, at which point Cunningham allegedly took the officer’s gun and began to pistol-whip him with it until he was unconscious.

The officer was not shot during the attack and is expected to make a full recovery.

Birmingham Police Lt. Scott Thurmond told WBMA-TV that this is a situation that no police officer ever wants to be a part of:

“It’s just a very unfortunate situation. Those of us who have been here for number of years have experienced it before, it’s just something that’s not easy to deal with.”

Meanwhile, pictures of the incident began cropping up on social media – many of which showed support for Cunningham, who had yet to be named as the perpetrator at the time:

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Needless to say, the police weren’t very happy to see the photographs go public. Birmingham Police Sargent Heath Boackle, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, told AL.com:

“He was laying there lifeless and people were standing around taking pictures. If the tables were turned, and that was a suspect lying there, they would be rioting.”

Cunningham has a long criminal history dating back to 1999. According to the paper:

[He was] just arrested in June for driving without a license. He was convicted in 2011 of disorderly conduct; 2006, second-degree assault; 2003, robbery and assault; 2000, three counts of receiving stolen property; 1999, breaking and entering a vehicle.

In addition to those convictions, Cunningham has been arrested multiple times during the same time period on charges including assault, attempted murder, robbery and menacing, but those charges were dismissed. He also has a string of traffic violation citations.

A second man was originally arrested with Cunningham for the attack on the officer, however he was not charged and was later released.


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