Imagine losing 19 years of your life to imprisonment when you not only didn't commit the crime of which you are accused, but actively tried to help the victim of it.
Early in the morning on November 27, 2001, Termaine Joseph Hicks heard a woman's screaming from an alley behind a hospital in Philadelphia. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he entered the alley and found a woman who had been pistol-whipped and raped. He reached into his pocket to call 911, and the next thing he knew he'd been shot three times by the police.
One bullet punctured Hicks' lung and he was sent into emergency surgery. The police said he was the rapist, and the victim couldn't identify her assailant. All she remembered was that the rapist stopped when she saw bright lights flash, which she assumed were police car lights.
The police also claimed that Hicks had tried to pull out a gun. The officer who shot him said he shot at his chest or stomach as he lunged at them.
Hicks, who worked as an assistant manager at a South Philadelphia Popeye's and was raising a 5-year-old son, was arraigned while handcuffed to a hospital bed. The sentence for rape was 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison.
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