Newly-released video shows Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies opening fire with seemingly little provocation on an unarmed black man after only 11 seconds in Zephyrhills, Florida, on July 1, 2014.
Court records and investigation documents reportedly say that Sgt. Clinton Cabbage and Det. Daniel Green opened fire on Jerry Dwight Brown, who was allegedly selling Hydromorphone tablets to an undercover cop outside his uncle’s Big Ben’s New and Used Tires store.
The video contradicts the police report that claimed the killing was justified because Brown ignored repeated comments to put his hands up, notes the Tampa Bay Times:
The video… shows an undercover deputy coaxing the man, Jerry Dwight Brown, into the officer’s car. Then other deputies surround the car to arrest Brown. Seconds later, the deputies fired four shots. Three of them hit Brown, including one in the back.
The video was recorded from the driver’s seat, directly next to Brown. It does not appear to show deputies giving Brown time to surrender.
After the Tampa Bay Times told the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office that the 6-year-old video had been obtained and would be published, the sheriff’s office lawyer Lindsay Moore falsely claimed that publicly publishing was “in violation of the law.”
Moore also falsely claimed that portions of the video “depicting the death of Mr. Brown” — which were filmed entirely in public — “are clearly confidential and exempt from public disclosure.”
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amanda Hunter laughingly claimed the office settled with Brown’s widow, Tresa Brown, for $262,500 “out of respect for Mr. Brown’s family.”
Hunter refused to allow the Tampa Bay Times to speak with either of the deputies who executed the unarmed black man. Both deputies are still employed by the office.
(Source: Tampa Bay Times)