Every time you think that police beatings and shootings can’t get any worse, you hear another story like this one. A man was shot in the back this week in Lehigh County in Pennsylvania and paralyzed over none other than a set of unpaid parking tickets. When 38-year old Kevin McCullers was shot, the police officer said that he felt that his life was in danger, even though Kevin didn’t have a weapon in his possession.
McCullers had 38 outstanding parking tickets at the time and was shot while backing out of his driveway. His girlfriend says that he was on his way to Dunkin Donuts and was surprised by the officer.
“They never knocked on the door! No nothing! I just heard the gunshots! He pulled the car out of the garage and all I heard were gunshots,” said Hafeezah Muhammad, the victim’s girlfriend. “For parking tickets?! It’s insane.”
Muhammad says that McCullers may never walk again after the shooting.
Whitehall Township Mayor Ed Hozza Jr. says that McCullers was trying to run over the officer when he was shot. Muhammad says that she recognized the constable when he came to serve her boyfriend, since he’d come by the house before. She also disputes the mayor’s claim that her boyfriend was trying to harm anyone.
District Attorney Jim Martin says that shooting could have been avoided if the man had entered into a payment plan with the city. But he also says that the police in that area are not very well-trained.
“Although they receive training, they really operate under no one’s direct supervision,” Martin said. “And that I wish was something that could be cured.”