A police dashcam video captured a 2013 incident in which a Palm Beach Sheriff's Office deputy shot down an unarmed black man. The video, obtained by WPTV in a joint investigation with the Palm Beach Post, shows then-20-year-old Dontrell Stephens riding on his bike as the officer is following him. When Stephens realizes he's being followed, he jumps off his bike and runs. Moments later, gunshots are heard, and Stephens is shown collapsing to the ground before PBSO Deputy Andrew Lin comes into view with his gun held up.
Stephens, who had a criminal record for cocaine possession, was carrying a cell phone as he rode his bike in the early-morning hours throughout Norma Elaine Road near Haverhill Road and Okeechobee Boulevard.
Jolicoeur died from his wounds. That shooting was also ruled as justified, even though several witnesses say they never saw Jolicoeur draw a weapon of any kind.
Another unarmed man, Seth Adams, was shot in the chest and stomach and killed by PBSO in 2012. Once again, the State Attorney's Office ruled that the shooting was justified and that the deputy acted "within protocol."
Adams' family has launched a civil lawsuit against PSBO over his death.
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