Friends and family of Randolph Davidson are understandably upset by their loved one’s death. After all, it did not come naturally at the end of a long life.
Davidson was shot by a man who witnessed Davidson attacking his girlfriend with a knife in the parking lot outside their Garner apartment.
The family has met with the police department and with representatives of the NAACP to learn more about the case and what led the Garner police department to the decision not to file any charges against the man who shot Davidson.
It seems clear, even to Davidson’s family, that he was in a physical altercation with his girlfriend at the time he was shot. The man who shot Davidson didn’t know – and had no reason to know – what might have precipitated the altercation he witnessed.
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And, unlike many of us, rather than standing idly by and watching the attack continue, he took action to stop it.
The facts here don’t indicate that the witness did anything wrong. That doesn’t make it any easier for Davidson’s family to accept his untimely death.
In this case, though, it might be best for everyone to try to move on from the unfortunate circumstances that occurred that day and work toward making peace with what happened.