Officer beat with his own weapon, says he hesitated due to media attention

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (MEDIA GENERAL) — The case of a Birmingham Police Detective who was pistol-whipped with his own weapon and knocked unconscious is getting national attention. According to CNN, national exposure is part of the reason the officer hesitated to use force against the suspect.

Janard Cunningham, 34, is charged with attempted murder for allegedly assaulting the BPD officer during a traffic stop in Roebuck on Aug. 7.

Investigators tell WIAT the suspect admitted to beating the officer because of his own mistrust of police. CNN reports the unnamed officer told them quote: “A lot of officers are being too cautious because of what’s going on in the media…I hesitated because I didn’t want to be in the media like I am right now.”

Cunningham’s next court date is set for September 1st. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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