Florida Police Shoot Man Who Was Retrieving Cigarettes From His Mother’s Car In Family’s Driveway

282637_353306728075632_1491963889_nLast Saturday, Roy Middleton went out to get a cigarette out of his mother’s car. A short time later, he would end up shot and bleeding on his driveway. Not the victim of a drive by or mugging mind you. The unarmed man was shot by police responding to a call of a man reaching into a car.

Middleton, 60, went out to the car at 2:42 am. I can understand why at that time a neighbor was concerned since car thefts tend to occur very late at night or in the early hours. He was bent over when the police arrived. and ordered him to “Get your hands where I can see them.” He says that he raised his hands and turned toward the deputies but that they opened fire. He was hit in the leg.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the incident Saturday.

Since he appears unarmed, the officers would have to argue that there was an object in his hand or some other reason that they thought he had a weapon. Given the relatively minor crime under investigation and his alleged compliance with the officers’ orders, this makes for a particularly bad case for the city to defend. It will be interesting therefore to see any response from the city, which should offer some initial explanation to the citizens when their own police gun down an unarmed man in his family’s driveway.

Source: PNJ

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  3. Police shouldn’t be allowed to carry guns on our streets.they are a menace to the American people.

  4. Where are these officers being trained ? Don’t they realize without the uniform and gun that they are just one of the people. Were they not hired to protect & serve ? Did they take an oath to serve?

  5. Florida Sheriff: Officers Who Shot Unarmed Black Man In His Driveway Followed ‘Standard Protocols’
    By Rebecca Leber
    August 1, 2013
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/08/01/2396801/escambia-sheriff-unarmed-shooting/

    Excerpt;
    According to Florida Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan in a CNN interview Thursday, the police officers who fired 15 shots at 60-year-old Roy Middleton in the driveway of his and his mother’s home acted entirely within their limits in response to a 911 call for a suspected car theft. For his late-night excursion to grab cigarettes out of his mother’s car, Middleton is now recovering from a bullet wound in his leg, along with bullets piercing his mother’s car and the side of the house.

    On Thursday, Morgan defended the officers’ actions as standard procedure because Middleton “did not comply.” Asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo how police could justify 15 shots at a 60-year-old man, the officers claim they saw a metallic object in Middleton’s hand as he made a “lunging movement” toward them. Middleton explained this in his account: He turned around because he thought the entire thing was a practical joke played by a neighbor.

    • Elaine reported: “Officers Who Shot Unarmed Black Man In His Driveway Followed ‘Standard Protocols’”

      Escambia county needs to change their protocols then. Theft of property is not worth using deadly force. If they fear for their own safety, wear bulletproof vests and back off a bit. It would be better for a thief to get away than someone get killed over property.

  6. Call it like it is. They tried to carry out an out right murder. This time, by the grace of god, they missed. Now they can face their families with lies.

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