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Letters: Bradshaw wasn’t protecting ‘all citizens’ when deputy shot my cousin

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Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s website states, “His excellent inter-personal and communication skills demonstrate competence as a leader who ‘gets things done,’ yet maintains a balance between assertiveness and diplomacy while always remembering that his first and foremost duty is to keep citizens safe.” It begs the question, Which citizens would those be?

On the morning of Sept. 13, my cousin, 20-year-old Dontrell Stephens, was shot multiple times by a sheriff’s deputy after being stopped as he was riding a bicycle in what the sheriff called a “high-crime area.” The deputy claimed that Mr. Stephens fled, and, as he pursued him between two cars, he saw Mr. Stephens reach for something in his waistband, which turned out to be a cell phone.

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