JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Officer Jeff Edwards pulled over Davinian Williams in an Arlington neighborhood police say is known for drug traffic in the early-morning hours of May 9, 2012.
Police said Williams didn't stop immediately. When he refused to follow the officer's commands to show his hands, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Edwards shot and killed Williams, in the car he had borrowed from his friend, Taneka Hinton.
"I was upset it was going to be swept under the rug and nothing was going to be done about it," Hinton said.
She and other friends of Williams' immediately cried foul.
The day of the shooting, Tyisha Brown said Williams had "no weapons, no drugs. The only thing he had was Steak & Shake."
Williams was unarmed, but police said she was wrong about the drugs. They said he had more than 17 grams of cocaine hidden in his socks.
A closer look at the shooting by JSO's Internal Affairs Unit uncovered more. Action News was able to get our hands on the report report, which states Officer Edwards used unnecessary force and made the situation more volatile by not following protocol.
The report said he didn't identify himself, didn't update his location when calling for backup, and that he shouldn't have advanced toward the driver's door.
A review by Sheriff John Rutherford said, "This decision by Officer Edwards was negligent and contrary to good police procedure."
As a result, Edwards will be terminated. Action News has learned he lost all police powers, and has been assigned to a desk job at JSO until a hearing where Sheriff Rutherford's recommendation to terminate him will either be upheld or overturned. That hearing is scheduled for later this month.
"I hate that I had to lose a friend, but I'm happy that justice is being served," Hinton said.
The internal affairs report doesn't dispute the claim that Edwards was in fear of his life that night. He has always maintained that he thought the suspect could have been reaching for a gun.
But it said had he updated dispatch with his position, backup could have arrived before shots were fired.