Update, 10:15 a.m.: Here are the key points made by the attorneys for the Corey Jones family:
- Officer did not display a badge. “Corey went to his grave not knowing he was killed by an officer.”
- Corey Jones was shot 3 times by Palm Beach Gardens police officer and there were five exit wounds.
- The fatal bullet entered from the side of his body and lodged in his aorta.
- Jones’ body was found approximately 80 to 100 feet away from his car.
- Jones did not fire a gun.
- Jones was running away at one point from the scene.
Update, 10:05 a.m.: Attorneys for Corey Jones’ family says the officer fired six times and hit Jones three times.
“The one question that remains unanswered is why this cop in an unmarked car and plain clothes would have this encounter with Corey Jones and Corey ends up dead. It makes no sense,” attorney Benjamin Crump said.
Crump said Jones’ body was found 80 to 100 feet away from his car.
Update, 9:55 a.m.: C.J. Jones, Corey’s brother and former NFL player, addressed the gathering and is pleading for more answers.
“All lives matter. This is not a black thing,” he said.
C.J. Jones added that “My brother would not ever ever ever ever pull a gun on police.”
Melissa Jones, who is Corey’s sister, said for “Corey to have a gun was for protection.”
Melissa Jones said all her brother wanted to do was play the drums and that “he had a gift like no other.”
Jones’ sister also emphasized that Corey had a permit for the gun because he was responsible.
Original story: The attorneys for the Corey Jones family are sharing new details about the Palm Beach Gardens police officer shooting that killed Jones early Sunday.
The attorneys say that Jones never saw a badge on the night he was shot.
Attorneys met with the family and State Attorney Dave Aronberg before addressing the media on the steps of the Palm Beach County Courthouse this morning.
The family is being represented by prominent civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump.
The media address comes four days after Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman K. Raja shot Jones to death in a confrontation while he was in plainclothes and Jones was waiting for a tow truck to pick up his broken down vehicle.
There is a huge law enforcement presence at the scene, including close to 20 Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies on and near the courthouse steps.
Among those in attendance include members of The Nation of Islam, dressed in dark suits and bow ties. They are their to ‘show their support and solidarity’ with the family.
Meanwhile, the Rev. Al Sharpton said in a tweet this morning that he spoke with the Jones family and Crump about the police shooting and has agreed that he ‘will get involved.’
Crump represented the family of Trayvon Martin after the unarmed teen’s shooting death by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. That cemented his reputation as the nation’s most sought-after civil rights attorney, leading a Duke University professor to refer to him as “this generation’s Johnnie Cochran.”
This week, with Crump’s announcement that he has stepped in to represent Corey Jones’ family, local attorneys and leaders say his presence means people around the country will be watching the investigation surrounding the 31-year-old church drummer’s death with the same intensity as the cases of Martin and slain Ferguson, Mo., teen Michael Brown — Crump’s two highest-profile cases to date.
“Certainly he brings a national presence that none of the local lawyers have, and it brings more attention to an issue that is becoming more and more common every day,” local personal injury attorney Richard Ryles said Wednesday.
Byrnes Guillaume, president of the F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association, a local group of black attorneys, said Wednesday that he hopes Crump’s influence will help make that transparency happen.
Members of the Cunningham Bar association, which is holding a town hall meeting at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Friday to discuss the case, are among several groups that called for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate Jones’ death instead of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
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