Corey Jones was shot dead by the officer in plain clothes on October 18 at a highway exit ramp.
According to reports, the 38-year-old officer Raja was not wearing the uniform when he approached Jones and never showed his badge to identify himself as a police officer. During the conversation two man had had a quarrel which resulted in fatal shooting, but Corey Jones wasn’t the one who used the gun. He was fired a month later, after the fatal shooting.
After months of investigation into the death of the 31-year-old black musician Jones, a Florida prosecutor finally handed an inconclusive report to a grand jury, who will decide whether to press charges before June 30 this year.
State Attorney Dave Aronberg revealed that if prosecutors could not finalize a case and a close-out memorandum could not be issued, which would have actually cleared officer Raja of wrongdoings, then their protocol was to hand over the case to a grand jury.
“We are leery of the grand jury process,” said Jones’ family in a statement. “While we are pleased to learn that the officer who senselessly killed our Corey will face a grand jury for his reckless act, we understand that nothing can bring back our son, brother and friend. Our goal now as a family is to ensure that this never happens to another innocent citizen,” they noted.
We hope that the grand jury’s decision will be justified. Too much fatal incidents occur across the country involving police and black men and women, but the cops always go scot-free.
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