Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Will Lack of Footage of the Corey Jones Shooting Prompt More Body- Cameras?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Will Lack of Footage of the Corey Jones Shooting Prompt More Body- Cameras?

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The family of Corey Jones, a professional drummer and church musician who was killed following an altercation with a plain- clothes police officer last weekend, is asking for the release of surveillance video of the incident, the family's attorney said.

Mr. Jones was driving home after a performance with his band in South Florida when his car broke down in the Palm Beach Gardens area. After a failed jumpstart, Jones was waiting for a tow-truck to arrive on an exit ramp to Interstate 95.

Officer Nouman Raja of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department was investigating a string of local burglaries in the affluent area in an unmarked police car and out of uniform. He approached Jones' car thinking it was abandoned when a confrontation occurred, according to the Palm Beach Gardens police.

The details of the confrontation are largely unknown and ended with the fatal shooting of Jones.

Palm Beach Gardens Police Chief Stephen Stepp told the Associated Press that Officer Raja was "suddenly confronted by an armed subject." Investigators found a handgun on the ground that is believed to have been owned by Jones. Jones's family says that he had purchased the gun three days before for protection.

Benjamin Crump, a prominent civil rights attorney who has agreed to represent the family, says that Raja did not follow proper regulations. He did not call for back-up or inform his department that he was approaching the car. Doubts have been expressed over whether his identity as a policeman was properly conveyed.

"His family believes he went to his grave not knowing who this person was," Mr. Crump told CNN.

Both Jones and Raja were respected members of their communities. Jones organized a monthly event where musicians from all over South Florida would come to the Bible Church of God to play gospel music and occasional R&B late into the night. …

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