On Monday, news broke of the shooting death of 31-year-old Corey Jones. Jones, a well-known black local musician, was reportedly shot by a by a Palm Beach Gardens Police officer on Sunday evening. On Monday, Palm Beach Gardens Police identified the officer as
But the police department has not released much more information than that, and now the president of the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association is calling the department out on its lack of transparency regarding the case.
"You don't want another Ferguson, where they sat on
According to the police department, Raja was on duty late Sunday night, around 3:15 a.m., when he stopped to investigate what looked to him like an abandoned car on the southbound exit ramp of I-95 and PGA Boulevard. Police say when Raja exited his unmarked vehicle, he was "suddenly confronted by an armed subject."
The subject, they say, was Jones. Raja opened fire during the confrontation, killing Jones, according to police.
"Per department policy, the officer is currently on paid administrative leave, and an independent investigation is being conducted by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office," Palm Beach Gardens Police said, regarding more information on the incident. "No additional information at this time."
Meanwhile, there are more questions than answers regarding the shooting. Friends and family have begun a #Justice4Corey hashtag to raise awareness of the shooting death of a man they call "gentle," "humble," and "professional."
"He was my fellow drummer friend. I've known him for years," Brandon
Strangely, the Palm Beach Gardens Police posted the news release regarding Jones' shooting on its Facebook on Monday. But after receiving numerous comments questioning the way it was handling the case, the page went offline completely.
It was later restored, but without the news release posted. The original web page where the release was posted is a dead link.
The police department says it took down the post because the comments had begun to get filled with racist language.
Jones' family told the Palm Beach Post that Jones owned a gun and had a permit and is claiming that it's been unable to get information on the investigation from the Palm Beach Gardens Police.
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