Corey Jones shooting: Rally for Transparency

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Organizer asks crowd to be patient for three more minutes and introduces Pastor Tommy Brown.

Rally ends with hand-holding and prayer.

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Corey Jones’ grandfather, Bishop Sylvester Banks Sr., is the family’s first speaker. He’s the bishop of Bible Church of God in Boynton Beach.

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Crowd breaks into chanting as family of Corey Jones prepares to address the crowd.

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Dave Aronberg address crowd at Rally for Transparency for Corey Jones

State Attorney Dave Aronberg addresses crowd. Flanked by his three chief assistants, he’s reading the press release he sent out a half-hour ago. Text is below.

He broke from the script briefly to describe his desire to deliver justice. He took no questions.

 

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LIVE on : State Attorney Dave Aronberg speaking publicly for first time about shooting

Introducing State Attorney Dave Aronberg, speaker asks crowd to videotape Aronberg’s speech. Also requests they be respectable. And judge whether he does what he says when he runs next year. “We need to hold him accountable.”

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Speaker: “The world is watching Palm Beach County.”

“What we do, echoes in forever.”

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Song breaks out. A team of four drummers start to play. Think synchronized drum circle. Corey Jones was a drummer.
Those on Periscope can watch State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s speech from the Rally for Accountability outside his office on Lulu Ramadan’s Periscope account.

Update from Post reporter Lulu Ramadan:

State Attorney Dave Aronberg will speak at today’s rally, organizer Rae Whitley says.

This will be the first time State Attorney Dave Aronberg will speak publicly about shooting.

 

Update from Lulu Ramadan:

Retired Judge Edward Rogers to State Attorney Dave Aronberg: “We don’t trust you Mr.Aronberg.”

 

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State Attorney Dave Aronberg near speakers at the Rally for Transparency for Corey Jones. Aronberg issued press release, below…

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Matt Benzion, Boynton Beach attorney, speaks at rally about holding officers accountable. “These were not dangerous people.”

From Palm Beach Post reporter Lulu Ramadan live on the scene at @luluramadan.

 

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Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, spokesman Mike Edmondson and all of Aronberg’s chief assistants just came outside.
About 250 people are at the rally.

 

Press release issued:

State Attorney Dave Aronberg emails out a press release on the Corey Jones case as the rally is proceeding. Here it is in its entirety: 

Update from State Attorney Aronberg on Investigation into the Death of Corey Jones

The tragic death of Corey Jones is currently being investigated by three independent agencies: The State Attorney’s Office, the Palm Beach County’s Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  The State Attorney’s Office has been in continued communication and cooperation with the other investigating agencies, including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).  Approximately an hour after the shooting, the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department requested independent investigations and by design, this process intentionally removes the Palm Beach Gardens PD from receiving updates and information on the investigations.

Investigations such as these are confidential and it is vitally important to obtain all of the evidence during this initial phase.  These investigations can take months, depending on where the evidence leads.

Our office is committed to transparency and we have shared important information about this investigation with the family of Corey Jones and their attorneys.  We would like to provide the community with as much information as possible, but prosecutors are forbidden by state and national ethics rules to speak freely about ongoing investigations, such as this one.  We are only allowed to provide some basic uncontroverted facts, or else it may jeopardize the investigation and any potential future prosecution.

We take this investigation very seriously and as such, we cannot afford to rush, cut corners or appear to be partial.  Our responsibility is to seek justice, our loyalty is to the community, and our commitment is to the truth.

Here are some of the facts that we are ethically allowed to release:

  • Officer Raja was on duty in an unmarked van.
  • Officer Raja was not in uniform.
  • Six shots were fired from the officer’s gun and 6 casings were recovered.
  • Corey Jones was shot three times.
  • Corey Jones’s firearm (.380 caliber) was found on scene.  It was not fired.

We have spoken to Corey Jones’s family about these facts and have had ongoing discussions with community leaders to assure them of the independence, fairness and thoroughness of our investigation.

END PRESS RELEASE

UPDATE from rally:

Rally talk: So far, , Palm Beach Gardens, have all been citing “ongoing investigation.” But they can release a lot more. The big push is for records related to shooting. Speaker is reciting FL public records law.

Raul Alvarez, whose son, Aldo, was shot by a PBSO deputy in 2013. “I had to be here,” he said. From PB Post reporter Lawrence Mower’s Twitter feed.

 

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Speaker Rae Whitley: “A broken down car is not punishable by death.”

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Reporter Daphne Duret posts at her Twitter feed that noted local defense attorney Richard Lubin is representing Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja, who shot Jones on Oct. 18.

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Rallygoers start with a prayer. Correction: Numbers are topping 100. Group holds hands and invokes Jesus.

Channel 5 reporting that State Attorney Dave Aronberg will adress the crowd.

Original post:

Downtown West Palm Beach streets have been closed off to accommodate the Rally for Transparency, called to put continued pressure on law enforcement officials to release information about what happened the night Corey Jones was shot and killed by a police officer in Palm Beach Gardens.

The rally is outside the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office. The streets that are closed are portions of North Dixie Highway and Third Street.

Palm Beach Post reporter Lulu Ramadan is tweeting live from the rally at @luluramadan.

 

 

Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja shot and killed Corey Jones, 31, on an Interstate 95 off ramp at PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens on Oct. 18, 2015.

Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja

 

Corey Jones, 31, was shot and killed by a Palm Beach Gardens police officer, Oct. 18, 2015. Photo courtesy of WPTV.

Corey Jones, 31

 

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