Legal and Medical Fees for Dauda Handan

On May 22, 2019, a friend of Dauda (David) Handan made an emergency call to the Chicopee police in Massachusetts. The caller was concerned about Handan’s mental state.

In response to the call, two officers arrived at Handan’s apartment. The officers fired two tasers and two gunshots at Dauda, causing critical injuries to his right arm and abdomen.

This appears a case of rash police action against a mentally distressed target. Even so, prosecutors in Massachusetts have arraigned Handan on two assault charges with a dangerous weapon, alleging that he charged at police with a kitchen knife. Handan vigorously denies that claim, maintaining that at no time did he act in a threatening manner toward the two officers before they shot him from the door of his apartment.
Those who have known Handan for many years don’t believe he would threaten anybody, much less law enforcement officers. He is a peaceful, soft-spoken man.

Handan has to retain the services of a defense attorney to fight the assault charges—and, possibly, to seek legal redress for injuries inflicted on him. In addition, he has rising medical fees for multiple surgeries and other treatment for his injuries. He requires long term expert medical care to recover from physical disability. He is financially hamstrung, unable to afford an attorney or to pay the medical costs for traumatic injuries from  the gunshots.

His serious injuries have rendered him too impaired to work and he has absolutely no source of income now. Besides, he has no relatives in the US he can count on for financial or even emotional help.

I appeal to all people of conscience to rally to Handan’s aid with financial contributions to enable him to fight the unwarranted assault charges. It is bizarre that the police, called to help save his life, shot him multiple times instead. And it’s even more bizarre that prosecutors are further victimizing him by alleging assault against a man shot well inside his own apartment!

Thank you in advance for your generosity.
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Okey Ndibe 
West Hartford, CT
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