Another Case of 'Riding A Bike While Black'
Cop lied and claimed he thought his life was in danger. Video showed he shot at the non-threatening victim without even issuing a warning.
|The victim was riding his bike when he noticed he was being followed by police. So he got off his bike and approached |
the police to see what they wanted - Police opened fire on him without warning and later lied about what happened. The victim was paralyzed for life. (Screen capture from YouTube video).
By The Free Thought Project
Dontrell Stephens, who was 20 in September 2013, was talking on a cell phone while riding his bike through West Palm Beach, Florida. His actions were captured on the dash-cam of Deputy Adams Lin’s patrol car. Lin is a member of the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.
Stephens was shot in the left hand, twice in the elbow and once in the chest, according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Jack Scarola. He was in possession of marijuana, but was otherwise unarmed.
[Stephen's lawyer] told WPTV he discovered issues with the deputy’s statements after requesting and viewing all the video and audio recordings from the incident.
“There are no records of any commands ever made to Dontrell Stephens,” he said. “The deputy’s recorded statements following the shooting were absolutely false. Internal affairs completely ignored that evidence.”
Lin was on patrol as part of a community policing initiative in the area, which is known for drug deals, prostitution and shootings, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Moments after the dash-cam video begins, Stephens realizes he’s being followed. He pulls over, gets off his bike with the cell phone in his right hand and walks toward the deputy. He disappears for four seconds.