Personal Black Box? Even a bit of video can entirely change the story around.
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Wed Jul 1 13:47:51 PDT 2020
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11 Redacted Seconds of Video of Fatal 2014 Drug Bust Undermine Florida Cops' Official Story
Previously unreleased video shows Jerry Brown didn't have much time to react before Pasco County deputies shot and killed him.
ZURI DAVIS | 6.30.2020 12:00 PM
(Screenshot via Pasco Sheriff's Office)
In 2014, Florida deputies shot and killed Jerry Dwight Brown during a small-scale drug bust. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said the deputies fired after Brown refused several orders to comply. The State Attorney's Office cleared the deputies of any wrongdoing due to Brown's alleged noncompliance. But last week, the Tampa Bay Times released a video of the shooting that challenges the department's official story.
Brown was shot and killed on July 1, 2014. The 41-year-old inadvertently sold illegal prescription pills to an undercover deputy with Pasco County Sheriff's Office (PCSO). The sting was part of a monthslong investigation into Brown. After the undercover deputy motioned for fellow deputies to move in and arrest Brown, the department claimed that they repeatedly ordered Brown to show his hands and shot him after he made a sudden movement.
Brown died at a hospital following the shooting. The department found that he was unarmed during the interaction.
The day after the shooting, Nocco told 10 Tampa Bay, "When we are ordering commands to show me your hands, when we are telling somebody they need to comply and they make motions that are not, and make our detectives feel their lives are being threatened you have a millisecond to make a decision."
The sheriff's office provided Reason with a redacted version of the video from the drug bust. In the video, an undercover deputy interacts with Brown outside of Big Ben's Tires in Zephyrhills. He urges Brown to enter the vehicle to make the sale. A reluctant Brown does so, takes the pills out, and begins to count at the undercover deputy's request.
Armed deputies then approach the car and the video skips 11 seconds. When the video picks up again, the deputies are pointing guns and surrounding the vehicle.
On Friday, almost exactly six years after the shooting, the Tampa Bay Times released the redacted portion of the video.
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