Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Florida Church Drummer Corey Jones Shot By Plainclothes Policeman

Florida Church Drummer Shot By Plainclothes Policeman ---

October 18, 2015 shooting 1 killed Florida Church Drummer Corey Jones Shot By Plainclothes Policeman After his car broke down, Florida church drummer shot and killed by police who was confronted by armed man  Officer Nouman Raja (Asian Indian American) was in plainclothes in an unmarked car when he stopped to investigate what he believed to be an abandoned vehicle on an Interstate 95 exit ramp. “As the officer exited his vehicle, he was suddenly confronted by an armed subject... the officer discharged his firearm, resulting in the death of the subject. One source said Raja noticed him from his unmarked police car in the DoubleTree parking lot “The officer was on a stakeout in the parking lot because they’ve had a rash of thefts in cars, but was not authorized to check out this car.  Jones has no criminal record and was properly permitted to carry the concealed firearm he purchased legally three days earlier Jones' family has hired prominent "black lives matter" civil rights attorneys Daryl Parks and Benjamin Crump who handled Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Michael Brown cases. On November 11, 2015, Raja was fired from the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, and also from Palm Beach State College

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11/20/2015

Shooting of Corey Jones

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Corey Jones
BornCorey Lamar Jones
February 3, 1984
DiedOctober 18, 2015 (aged 31)
Palm Beach GardensFloridaU.S.
Cause of deathShooting
NationalityAmerican
EducationUniversity of Akron
OccupationHousing Authority Inspector/
Assistant Property Manager
Musician
Parent(s)Clinton Jones, Sr.
Anita Banks
RelativesSylvester Banks, Sr. (grandfather)
Clinton "CJ" Jones, Jr. (brother)
Melissa Jones (sister)
Anquan Boldin (cousin)
Vince Wilfork (cousin)
Corey Jones (February 3, 1984 – October 18, 2015) was an African-American man[1]who was shot by a plainclothes police officer while waiting by his disabled car in Palm Beach GardensFlorida.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Jones was born to father Clinton Jones, Sr., who renovated houses, and mother, Anita Banks, a guidance counselor, who died from cancer in 2006. His grandfather, Sylvester Banks, Sr., a church pastor helped raise him.[5]His older brother, Clinton "CJ" Jones, Jr., was a football player at University of Iowa and from 2003 to 2009 played in the NFL as a wide receiver for theCleveland BrownsNew England PatriotsSeattle SeahawksDenver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. Jones was the middle child between his older brother and younger sister, Melissa Jones, and came from a very large extended family. Jones' cousins are Houston Texans defensive tackle,Vince Wilfork, and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, Anquan Boldin.[6] He lived in Lake Worth, Florida.[2]
Jones went to Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Boynton BeachFlorida, where he played the French horn. His entire family was musical, and played instruments at home as well as at church.[1]
Jones graduated from the University of Akron with degrees in business administration and music. He worked as a youth mentor at My Brothers Keeper, a non-profit organization that helps African-American youths.[6]

Career[edit]

Jones worked at the Delray Beach Housing Authority for eight years. He was an Inspector/Assistant Property Manager, a job that involved inspecting housing units to make sure they were livable. The position also required assisting tenants and landlords with communication.[7][8]
Jones also worked part-time as a drummer.[9] He played in a band at his church, the Bible Church of God in Boynton BeachFlorida, where his grandfather, Sylvester Banks, Sr., is a bishop. He also played with a band called Future Prezidents with bandmates that included Boris Simeonov and Mathew Huntsberger.[6]

Event[edit]

On Sunday, October 18, 2015, at approximately 3:15 am, a plainclothes police officer in an unmarked white van with tinted windows wearing a T-shirt, jeans, and a baseball cap,[10] stopped by what he said was an abandoned vehicle. The Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer, Nouman K. Raja, approached the vehicle at the southbound exit ramp of Interstate 95 and PGA Boulevard. Raja, on-duty doing burglary surveillance, said he was confronted by an armed subject, so he discharged his weapon and killed the man, later identified as Jones, a musician and local housing authority worker. In total, Raja discharged his weapon six times. He hit Jones with three shots. One bullet entered the side of Jones' body, went through his aorta, killing him, and ended up in the top part of his torso, while the other bullets went through his body, hitting his left elbow and right shoulder.[1]Jones' arm was broken from the impact of one of the bullets. He had just turned 31 years old.[2]
Raja was not wearing a body camera and his vehicle was not equipped with a camera.[11][12]
Jones, who was driving a Hyundai Santa Fe, had car trouble, had called first his brother, C.J. Jones, who offered to come help him. Jones was due in church the next morning and needed his car, so he told his brother not to come pick him up. Jones' bandmate, Huntsberger, came to help, bringing oil, but they were not able to get the car running. Jones called for a tow truck and with that assurance, Huntsberger left.[10] Jones had been returning home to Boynton BeachFlorida, after playing a show in Jupiter,Florida, at Johnny Mangos Tiki Bar & Grill.[1] He had been playing with his band, the Future Prezidents.[13] It was reported that Jones had been on the phone with AT&T roadside assistance when he was approached by the police officer. He had also called *FHP, Florida Highway Patrol's line for assistance, and AT&T #HELP multiple times trying to get help. Jones was using his government-issued work phone, so the records are available under state law.[14]
Jones' body was found a good distance -- 80–100 feet (24–30 m)—away from the vehicle, from which he appeared to have run. Jones had a .380-caliber gun, which he had purchased three days prior to the shooting, and for which he had a concealed carry license. The gun was found on the ground between Jones' body and his car and had not been discharged.[11][15]

Response[edit]

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office conducted an independent investigation of the incident. The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department released a 90-page personnel file on Raja.[16] The FBI will assist the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in its investigation.[17][18]
Issues surrounding the event:
  • Did Raja clearly identify himself during the confrontation[10]
  • Was there a communication issue between the two men[10]
  • What was delay in notification of Jones' family of his death—almost 38 hours after the incident[10]
Raja was an adjunct police academy instructor at Palm Beach State College, where he taught part-time. He was put on administrative leave from the college as well as the police department, which is policy when there is an officer involved shooting. Raja previously worked at Atlantis Police Department in AtlantisFlorida, for nine years from 2008 to 2015.[12]On November 11, 2015, Raja's employment with the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, which was in a six-month probationary status from hire date April 13, 2015, was terminated.[19][20] Around the same time, Raja'a employment with Palm Beach State College was terminated, as a condition of his employment was his job working in the criminal justice system.[21]
Jones' family is represented by Benjamin Crump, who is well known for his work representing the family of Trayvon Martin, as well as attorney Daryl D. Parks.[2] On October 31, 2015, there was a funeral for Jones at Payne Chapel AME Church in West Palm BeachFlorida.[22] Reverend Al Sharptondelivered a eulogy.[23]

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October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015  Police apparently deactivate Facebook account after post on officer who killed drummer A rally is planned Thursday at the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department. Jones' family has hired prominent civil rights attorneys Daryl Parks and Benjamin Crump, who previously worked with the families of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Michael Brown. see Daryl Parks and Benjamin Crump Seek To Destroy The Life Of Another Innocently Accused…. - February 23, 2015

Corey Jones' family seeks answers after officer kills the ... CNN Oct 21, 2015 - A police officer shot and killed Corey Jones after his car broke down on a Florida highway ... Family of drummer killed by officer wants answers ... Thedeath of Jones, who is black, is the latest in a series of controversial police ...

Family Seeks Answers After Black Drummer Killed by Officer The state's legislative black caucus called on the governor to launch an independent investigation by the state law enforcement agency. How long before there may be blacktivist protests and riots on this incident?

October 20, 2015

After his car broke down, Florida church drummer shot and killed by police who was confronted by armed man  Officer Nouman Raja (Asian Indian American) was in plainclothes in an unmarked car when he stopped to investigate what he believed to be an abandoned vehicle on an Interstate 95 exit ramp. “As the officer exited his vehicle, he was suddenly confronted by an armed subject,” the police department said in a statement. “As a result of the confrontation, the officer discharged his firearm, resulting in the death of the subject.”Corey Jones was carrying gun he purchased legally three days earlier.  One source said Raja noticed him from his unmarked police car in the DoubleTree parking lot “The officer was on a stakeout in the parking lot because they’ve had a rash of thefts in cars, but was not

Family hires top lawyer after cop kills church drummer USA Today October 20 The family of a Florida church drummer shot dead by a police officer while ... the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department said, "Nouman Raja, ...


Oct 18 shooting After his car broke down, Florida church drummer shot and killed by police who was confronted by armed man Washington Post Hearst said family members are upset at how little information has been provided about the shooting. They want to know how many shots were fired, and what weapon he allegedly was carrying when he was killed. They say Jones never carried a firearm..  one of more than 780 fatal police shootings so far in 2015, according to a Washington Post database of all deadly on-duty shootings by police officers in 2015. officer Nouman Raja was in plainclothes in an unmarked car when he stopped to investigate what he believed to be an abandoned vehicle on an Interstate 95 exit ramp. “As the officer exited his vehicle, he was suddenly confronted by an armed subject,” the police department said in a statement. “As a result of the confrontation, the officer discharged his firearm, resulting in the death of the subject.”Corey Jones was carrying gun he purchased legally three days earlier when shot by officer [raja is Indian name] tags: christian suspect, musician suspect, asian suspect, musician victim Personnel file for Officer Nouman Raja says he is 'intelligent thinker' WPTV.com‎ Officer Nouman Raja was hired by Atlantis Police Department straight out of the academy in 2008. It's where he worked until he left to go to ...Family asking for healing after PB Gardens officer shoots and kills Boynton man Sun Sentinel Corey Jones Shooting: Officer Nouman Raja, Who Killed Florida Drummer, Had Prior Suspension Threat International Business Times Officer Nouman Raja - Heavy.com  Officer Nouman Raja fatally shot Corey Jones in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, after a "confrontation" on the side of I-95. Jones was armed. Personnel file of Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja ... EXCLUSIVE — Palm Beach Gardens Cop Who Killed ... www.gossipextra.com  What's more, plain-clothed officer Nouman Raja forgot his shield and police radio in his car before his deadly encounter with Jones about 3:15 ... The Palm Beach Gardens police officer who gunned down civilian Corey Jones early Sunday was on a surveillance mission in the parking lot of the DoubleTree Hotel on PGA Boulevard and had no business leaving his post to confront Jones, Gossip Extra has learned exclusively. What’s more, plain-clothed officer Nouman Raja forgot his shield and police radio in his car before his deadly encounter with Jones about 3:15 a.m. — AND ACTUALLY USED HIS PERSONAL CELL PHONE TO CALL 911 in the wake of the shooting! Making matters even worse for the police department, Jones has no criminal record and was properly permitted to carry a concealed firearm, Gossip Extra has confirmed. Jones, 31, was a drummer in Future Prezidents, an area band. He had just finished a gig in Jupiter early Sunday when the SUV he was driving experienced engine troubles and stopped on the emergency lane of the off-ramp of I-95 at PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens. Jones was on foot on the ramp when Raja noticed him from his unmarked police car in the DoubleTree parking lot, the source told us.“The officer was on a stakeout in the parking lot because they’ve had a rash of thefts in cars,” the law enforcement source familiar with the case tells Gossip Extra. “He had no business leaving his post without his supervisor’s permission, which he didn’t have.