After so many unarmed Black American citizens have recently died at the hands of a police officer, there is growing evidence of how many have lost trust and respect for cops in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
An Alabama police officer was pistol-whipped with his own gun during a traffic stop — and then mocked by cop critics online.
The plainclothes Birmingham detective was investigating a string of burglaries when he stopped a GMC Yukon and was attacked by the driver, authorities said.
The suspect stole the detective’s gun during the struggle and clubbed him repeatedly with it, leaving the officer lying limp on the ground, Al.com reported.
Pictures of the bloodied officer surfaced on social media shortly after the brutal confrontation.
“Pistol pimped his face n um chillen now,” Twitter user @TriggaMane666 posted with a picture of the wounded officer.
“Pistol whipped his a** to sleep,” a Facebook user wrote before deleting a post showing the officer face down on the sidewalk.
Fellow cops were furious when they learned of the posts.
“He was laying there lifeless and people were standing around taking pictures,” police Sgt. Heath Boackle, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, told Al.com. “If the tables were turned, and that was a suspect lying there, they would be rioting.”
Suspect Janard Cunningham was taken into custody Friday and charged with attempted murder in the attack.
Boackle blamed a national climate of poor police-community relations for the officer’s injuries.
The deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police across the country — including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island — have sparked massive protests.
The backlash has made officers “hesitate” in dangerous situations for fear they’ll lose their jobs.
“If the officer would have shot him, then he would have shot an ‘unarmed man,’” Boackle told Al.com. “Instead, he took the gun from the officer. The officer had every right to shoot him. We’re lucky we’re not talking about him killing the officer.”