|Death: ||Aug. 26, 1988|
Officer Davis was shot and killed when he stopped a man on a bicycle to question him about a series of nighttime burglaries in the area. Unbeknownst to Officer Davis, the suspect was also the prime suspect in the murder of a woman three nights earlier. When the suspect pulled out a handgun gunshots were exchanged. Officer Davis shot and killed the suspect but was also shot in the chest and fatally wounded. At the time his agency did not issue bullet proof vests. Officer Davis had been with the agency for seven years. A plaza in the Little Five Points area, his beat, is named for him, he was loved by all who knew him.
"The Badge" IN HONOR OF FALLEN OFFICERS
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Created by: Nia Imani-Diarra
Record added: Nov 15, 2010
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