WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Relatives of a legally armed black musician who was fatally shot by a police officer while waiting for a tow truck said they are “leery” of a local prosecutor’s decision to present the case to a grand jury.
The family of Corey Jones issued a statement Wednesday, saying that while they are glad Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg didn’t clear since-fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja, their “hearts are heavy.” Aronberg could have charged Raja if he believed the evidence was sufficient.
“While we are leery of the grand jury process, we will remain vigilant and peacefully demand greater accountability and transparency from law enforcement,” the family said in their statement.
Family members were expected to address reporters at a Thursday news conference.
Aronberg said at a Wednesday news conference that presenting the case to a grand jury will be the best way to decide whether there is enough evidence to charge Raja. Citing state law, Aronberg said he could not discuss what evidence investigators have collected.
“The goal is to do justice,” Aronberg said. “We have been as transparent as we are allowed to be under the rules.”
Aronberg, a Democrat, is up for re-election this …read more
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