Florida Cop Who Killed Corey Jones Was Unqualified For Plainclothes Work, Still On Probation

By Lynette Holloway

Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja, who shot and killed Corey Jones as he waited for roadside assistance, was still on probation and therefore unqualified for undercover surveillance work, according to documents obtained by Yahoo News.

Nonetheless, at about 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 18, Raja, 38, who was in his sixth month with the department, pulled up alongside the stranded Jones, 31, in an unmarked van and exited wearing jeans, a T-shirt, and a ball cap, the report says. He had been conducting surveillance on suspected burglaries.

Via Yahoo News:

But the department’s written procedures, obtained by Yahoo News through the Florida open records law, require that surveillance operations be carried out by tactical officers or detectives. As a new hire, Raja was still on probationary status and assigned to patrol. Nothing in his personnel file indicates other duties…

“It looks like they assigned an untrained officer to conduct surveillance,” said police practices consultant Chuck Drago, who read the department’s surveillance policy at Yahoo News’ request. “Surveillance is an art and it takes training and practice. I think the PD will have to explain the use of an untrained officer in such a position.”

Palm Beach Gardens chief Stephen Stepp, …read more

Source:: Black America Web

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