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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 02:53 PM

Ex-Florida policeman gets 25 years in prison for killing black motorist

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-shooting/ex-florida-policeman-gets-25-years-in-prison-for-killing-black-motorist-idUSKCN1S11UI

A former Florida police officer was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting a black motorist who was awaiting a tow truck in October 2015.

Nouman Raja, 41, was fired from the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department shortly after he killed Corey Jones, 31, while on plainclothes duty, and was convicted last month by a jury of manslaughter and first-degree murder.

The conviction was unusual in a country in which police officers kill roughly 1,000 people each year, a disproportionate number of them black men, usually without facing prosecution, according to a Washington Post database on police shootings.

Jones’ relatives asked Judge Joseph Marx to give Raja the maximum sentence of life in prison during the sentencing hearing. The judge said it was a “heartbreaking” case before handing down the sentence of 25 years, the minimum required under state law, for both counts, to run concurrently.

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“Today we can tell many of those families that there’s hope for America,” Crump said, “because a jury in Palm Beach, Florida, looked at all the evidence and said a black man killed by the police can get equal justice.”

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 02:58 PM

1. The cop was not white, which is in keeping with stats that juries are more likely to convict POC. nt

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:40 PM

2. An "ex-Florida policeman?" So he moved out of FL but is still a policeman?

Seems more like he's a "Florida ex-policeman," not an "ex-Florida policeman," but I was just an English Honors student when I got my engineering degree, so what do I know?



Edit to add: I'm glad to see he was held responsible for his actions!!!

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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:51 PM

3. My peeve? I hate ex- anything. "Ex" just seems so colloquial. How about Florida former-policeman?

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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 04:06 PM

5. And I never graduated from high school, but I agree with you. Just quoting the title from the news.

Since you have an engineering background (and mine is EE/CompSci), couldn't we make language be more consistent by requiring a full set of parsing notations? I'm thinking phrases should be bracketed and boolean operators used to connect them. Or maybe RPN (reverse Polish notation)?

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 04:06 PM

4. But, he should be able to vote, amirite?

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