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Jamil Murray attacked a deputy with a knife.

That’s why the deputy had to shoot and kill him.

So says Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.

There’s one problem, though: Murray never attacked.

So says the deputy who killed him.



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Explore your police agency's shooting record

Palm Beach County has more than two dozen police agencies patrolling within its boundaries. The Palm Beach Post and WPTV NewsChannel 5 pieced together and analyzed shootings from all of them. Plus, we added some facts about each agency and the area it patrols, including the number of officers and comparative population by race.


Stories of police shootings in Palm Beach County

Nothing in Ruben DeBrosse’s short life hinted at how it was going to end. The 16-year-old had just made the varsity football team at Royal Palm Beach High. He won a “most outstanding cadet” award from the sheriff’s youth academy. He took a job at McDonald’s to help his single mother.


Interactive: Victims of police shootings

In an unrivaled look at police shootings in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast since 2000, The Palm Beach Post and WPTV NewsChannel 5 detail more than 250 incidents of officers firing guns. The shootings killed 86 people and wounded 97. Almost all of the shootings were deemed to be just.

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PBSO shootings follow blueprint for federal intervention

Citing racial prejudice, excessive force and a “militaristic” approach to dealing with citizens and suspects alike, the West Palm Beach attorney shot off a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder last September asking for a federal investigation of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.


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