Hundreds honor Corey Jones at funeral Saturday

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Al Sharpton Slams ‘Stand Your Ground’ Double Standard At Eulogy For Slain Black Man Corey Jones.

Rev. The Rev Al Sharpton was expected to deliver the eulogy on Saturday at the funeral of Florida musician Corey Jones, who was shot dead by a plainclothes police officer earlier this month.3:40 p.m. update: The concluding Scripture reading at Corey Jones’ funeral Saturday was from Revelation, the final book of the New Testament: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” “Corey Jones made a difference because he lived it. Al Sharpton challenged where Jones’ right to stand his ground was, citing the Florida law that George Zimmerman used to defend his fatal shooting of Travyon Martin A Florida church filled with the sound of sobs, songs and calls for justice as hundreds gathered to both celebrate the life of church drummer Corey Jones and mourn the sudden death that cut it so short. Jones’ death, the latest in a string of fatal incidents involving police and black men, has sparked calls for greater transparency after the local sheriff’s office released few details following the shooting.

Jones, 31, was shot three times by Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja, 38, near his broken down vehicle on Interstate 95 following a gig on October 18. But where were Corey’s rights on that night?” Sharpton said to those gathered at Payne Chapel AME Church of West Palm Beach. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a white or black area, rich or poor area — this has got to stop, because it’s happening everywhere,” Sharpton said, the Palm Beach Post reported. A confrontation ensued and Raja, who is of South Asian descent, fired six shots, hitting the 31-year-old Jones three times, according to the state attorney’s office. Plans to have the eulogy delivered by Sharpton, a prominent activist, media and civil rights figure, were announced by lawyers for Jones’ family. “We take this investigation very seriously and as such, we can not afford to rush, cut corners or appear to be partial”, Aronberg said in an emailed statement.

Jones was in possession of a legally purchased handgun when the shooting occurred but he also had a concealed weapons permit, according to Palm Beach County state attorney Dave Aronberg. However, on the time of the shooting, Raja was still on probationary status and assigned to patrol, reports Yahoo News. “I think the PD will have to explain the use of an untrained officer in such a position”. The law has been a subject of controversy for several years and fueled national debate in 2012 when George Zimmerman, a neighborhood-watch coordinator, shot and killed Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black male, after an altercation at The Retreat at Twin Lakes, a residential community in Sanford, near Orlando. If Corey was in his car, had called for help, had a registered licensed gun, you gonna tell me that Corey didn’t have the same right of stand your ground that you used on Travyon Martin?’ Investigators recovered a handgun on the ground after Corey Jones was shot, police chief Stephen Stepp said. Jones’ sister Melissa Jones said: “We don’t really know what happened, but I do know that my brother is a victim, and we’re looking for justice for him no matter what it takes.

Jones’ silver Hyundai was broken down on the side of Interstate 95 on the off ramp for PGA Boulevard just after 3 a.m. when Raja, 38, approached and shot him. Among the protestors were the families of slain black teenager Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, who received a 20-year prison sentence for firing a gun near her estranged husband, the Associated Press reported. “To have laws that tell people that they can shoot first and then ask questions later is a violation of our civil rights.

I believe that law is inherently wrong,” Sharpton said at the time. “The law in effect says based on your imagination — if you imagine I’m a threat — you have the right to kill me.” Where those that are trusted to uphold the law, can break the law and ain’t never wrong – it’s a strange land.’ Sharpton then called on presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who both represent the state of Florida, and Donald Trump and Ben Carson, who both have residencies there, to address what was happening in their state. ‘How do you handle a call at three in the morning, when an innocent man has been shot for no reason. While family members said authorities have refused to fully describe the details of what occurred during the confrontation that left Jones dead, police released a statement that said the officer was confronted by an armed subject. Jones had five wounds — some of them exit wounds — and one shot broke his arm and another entered through Jones’ side and lodged in his upper body, his lawyers said after meeting with the state attorney who is investigating the fatal shooting. A copy of Jones’ phone records show that he called the AT&T Roadside Assistance #HELP line just five minutes before he was killed – but the call lasted 53 minutes.

A recording would be critical piece of evidence, as no video recordings exist; Raja’s van didn’t have a dashboard camera and the department’s officers do not wear body cameras. Ricky Bethel, a classmate of Corey Jones’ at Santaluces High School, said he remembered spending time with his friend at school, playing football together and cracking jokes. “It’s unfortunate that this situation had to happen, but Corey was born to lead,” he said. “He was raised to change us. And if I can raise my sons to be half the man he was and have my daughter marry a man like he was, then I did my job.” Those who spoke said they miss Corey Jones’ terribly, but take solace knowing that his death could spark a change in the way law enforcement officers are trained and the process in which police-involved shootings are investigated. “I want everybody to feel this,” said Corey Jones’ uncle Steven Banks. “I want you to tell your family, I want you to tell your friends — I’m telling everyone … Say it every day. This is not a joke, we are not going to stop.” State and local legislators said they will be examining law enforcement policies in their jurisdictions, as well as sponsoring laws and motions to require things such as body cameras for police officers, independent investigations of police shootings and strict procedures for plainclothes officers.

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