Philando Castile in Minnesota, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Laquan McDonald in Chicago, Eric Garner in New York City—and Corey Jones, above, in Palm Beach Gardens. All black men who were killed by white police officers, drew national attention—and made history.
Of the cases mentioned, only one officer was actually convicted—in the McDonald shooting in Chicago—and the Corey Jones case was scheduled to have yet another hearing today. It has been postponed until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach. Jury selection has been set to start February 21 and the trial sometime during the week of February 25.
Remember the story? At about 3 a.m. on October 18, 2015, Corey had been traveling southbound on I-95 through Palm Beach Gardens when he had car trouble and pulled off the freeway. He was awaiting a tow truck when a plainclothes officer who’d been in an unmarked van approached him and, after a brief exchange, shot Corey three times. As Corey ran away. The defense has attempted several unsuccessful motions over the years to dismiss the case, including use of Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, but thus far, judges have ruled against those efforts. The officer, Nouman Raja, is charged with manslaughter and attempted murder.
Still, it has been nearly four years since the shooting and his family still awaits justice for Corey who, at the time of his death, was just 31 years old. He was a college graduate, an assistant property manager for the Delray Beach Housing Authority and a skilled drummer, who played at Bible Church of God in Boynton Beach, where his grandfather is the Bishop, and with his band, the Future Prezidents. Indeed, he was returning from a band performance in Jupiter when his car failed on that fateful morning. In an exclusive opinion piece in cocowire, read here what his maternal aunt, Sheila Banks, recalls of her nephew.
She and her family are god-loving people who pray. And they pray that Corey Jones’ death will not go down in history without justice, as with those other black men before him and since. Join the family on Friday.