Protesters Assail FL Deputies’ Killing of Two Teens

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After days of mounting pressure from community leaders, elected officials and others,  a Florida sheriff released a dashcam video showing the deputy-involved fatal shooting of two teens, reports USA Today. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey released the video and identified the officers who carried out the shooting as Deputies Jafet Santiago-Miranda and Carson Hendren. Both were placed on administrative leave as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the case. Ivey said the deputies “were attempting to conduct a follow-up investigation on what they believed was a possible stolen car that had just recently fled from another deputy.”

Community activists gathered in Cocoa, Fl., on Wednesday to draw attention to what they said has been a lack of transparency and accountability from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in last Friday’s shooting. The protesters wanted “to bring awareness and to highlight (police) brutality in our community and to allow the public to know that there’s a chronic illness that continues to plague our neighborhood and we want to eradicate it,” said Robert Johnson, a longtime civil rights leader and proponent of law enforcement reform. Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump represents the families in the deaths of the two teens, Sincere Pierce, 18, and A.J. Crooms, 16. Days after the deaths of the two teens and before Ivey’s release of the video, family members were in mourning and still looking for answers.

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