Almost two weeks ago, unarmed 25-year-old Reggie Doucet was shot and killed by police officers following his alleged attempt to take one of their guns.
The officers claim they were “fighting for their lives” while struggling with Doucet, who repeatedly punched them wearing nothing but boxers. Police Union President Paul M. Weber said that while Doucet was naked and not holding a weapon doesn’t mean he didn’t pose a threat: “In this case, naked or not, when Mr. Doucet tried to take an officer’s gun away from him, he set in motion the chain of events that sadly led to his death. An officer who loses his gun to a suspect loses his life.”
A close friend of Doucet, however, paints a very different picture of the former quarterback and model.
Kacie Alexis knew Doucet and said, “The media has been portraying Reggie as a ‘violent, dangerous, hostile and troublesome man”. I would just like to start by saying that he was none of the above, as far from any of these descriptions as you could imagine.”
Reggie was the funniest man I knew, he could make anyone smile no matter what they were going through, and he always made everyone feel comfortable, safe and appreciated. His SMILE was the best I’ve ever seen. It was gorgeous and could light up a room with a single tooth. He was extremely motivated and focused. He only wanted to have a good time and make sure everyone else was doing the same as well. Reggie was the life of the party and the root of the tree. His energy was like no other and his POSITIVE, CARING, HAPPY, JOYFUL presence was felt everywhere he went. As far as the YouTube videos go, he was joking, comedy, fun. Those who weren’t blessed with knowing him please do not take them seriously. Reggie was an amazing and positive person and, regardless of all that, did not deserve to be killed. There is protocol and order that should have and was not taken, and NO ONE should be treated like this. We have to put a stop to the actions of the LAPD now before more innocent people are wrongfully murdered.
Political analyst Earl Hutchinson shares her sentiments: “Is it always going to be a situation where you’re going to use deadly force? Because if so, that’s a problem.”
Kacie detailed last Friday’s events on her Tumblr page by talking with his friends, neighbors and family who were in the area at the time of the incident:
Reggie had a suite at the W with some friends for many days to celebrate his birthday. On the morning of January 14, 2011, he took a cab from the hotel to his place in Playa Vista. Upon arriving he realized that he did not have enough money to pay the cab fare so then being the funny, charismatic man that he was, he left his clothing in the cab with the driver as a sort of collateral and reassurance that he would return with the money. Upon arriving at his condo he realized that he did not have his keys so he ran back and forth from side entrance to side entrance attempting to get into the building so the cab driver could be on his way. During this time an onlooker called the police. When they arrived, Reggie was in nothing but his boxers, locked out of his condo and desperately trying to find a way to pay his cab fare. I will interject by saying that Reggie was a character and very honest person, he was not at all a violent person. The cops arrived and tried to arrest Reggie, but he continued to look for a way into the apartment. Let me remind you he was unarmed, in boxers, no keys and he left his phone in the cab as well. The LAPD then CORNERED MY FRIEND REGINALD DOUCET and instead of using a billy club, Taser (some of which shoot from 20 ft.), pepper spray, bodily actions or anything such as HANDCUFFS…they SHOT AND KILLED Reggie from point blank range TWO TIMES in the NECK. Then they proceeded to wait 30 minutes to call in the situation.
Doucet was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The officer who shot him had been on the force for 17 months, while the other was a five-year veteran. Although their names have not been released, the shooting is under investigation.
When we spoke to Kacie, she mentioned how displeased she is with the way the media and LAPD are portraying her friend. “He would never hurt a fly and yes, he was athletic and in shape but that should not be used against him. It in no way showed any signs of violence. Reggie called the gym his girlfriend and dedicated his time and effort into bettering himself and others,” she said.
“It saddens me that an unpaid cab fair ended with the cold blooded killing of an innocent man. Not even criminals or murderers are killed; they’re arrested and tried. Reggie was only causing a noise disturbance, and he was not just a “nearly naked man” as the LAPD keeps referring; he was our friend and family,” she added.