Corey Jones was a drummer for his Florida church and he was on his way home from a band performance when he was shot and killed by a police officer. Now his family and friends are demanding answers. Jones was traveling home on Interstate 95 when his car broke down. His band mate stopped to help him try to restart the car, but eventually the two young men called for roadside assistance. The band mate headed home and left Jones to wait for assistance. Just minutes later, the drummer was killed.
After the accident, Palm Beach Gardens Police Department released a statement about Jones’ death, saying that he was shot and killed by Officer Nouman Raja. The officer was not in uniform and was driving an unmarked car. He stopped to investigate what he believed was an abandoned car and then things took a turn for the worse. “As the office exited his vehicle, he was suddenly confronted by an armed subject,” the Police Department statement said. “As a result of the confrontation, the officer discharged his firearm, resulting in the death of the subject.”
Jones was an active member of the Bible Church of God in Boynton Beach and a graduate of the University of Akron in Ohio with double degrees in music and business administration. He volunteered as a mentor to African American teens at My Brother’s Keeper, a program pioneered by President Barack Obama to help keep kids off the streets.
Since the shooting, there has been an outcry of rage from the community where Jones was truly loved and admired. Police refuse to reveal what kind of weapon Jones was carrying, but records show he had a license and permit to carry a firearm. Friends and family insist that Jones would have never pulled a gun on a police officer.
Fellow band mate Matthew Huntsberger were stunned to hear that Jones was dead, less than an hour after he left him waiting on roadside assistance beside his car. “He was like a really peaceful guy. There’s no way he had a gun. We’re all musicians and stuff. We’re not violent people,” Huntsberger said. Jones’ family agreed that the police department’s story just doesn’t add up. “Corey would never pull out a gun on anyone, and never on an officer,” his aunt said.
Of course, some are speculating that Jones did not know that Raja was a police officer since he was wearing regular clothes and driving an unmarked car. Raja only recently transferred to the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department in April. Of course he wasn’t wearing a body camera on the night of the shooting and none of the local police cars are equipped with dashboard cameras. For now, Raja has been placed on suspension pending an investigation.
The drummer’s friends and family gathered together for a prayer service on Monday night and they will gather for a rally outside of the Police Department on Thursday morning. The entire community is lending their support to Jones’ family and the police department is taking a lot of heat over the shooting. Corey Jones is the 948th person to be killed by a police officer in the United States this year. The numbers of wrongful deaths at the hands of police officers is rising and it’s time for it to stop.
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