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Boynton Beach police hold community meeting after FHP findings into teen's dirt bike death

Residents share skepticism after determination that no charges will be filed
Posted at 10:09 PM, Mar 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-01 08:26:26-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — A meeting with the Boynton Beach Police Department on Thursday was supposed to be a community conversation.

"I'm not going to prejudge any of our existing officials or the new ones that are coming on the dais," Chief Michael Gregory said.

The meeting was set up before Thursday's release of the Florida Highway Patrol's findings into the crash that killed 13-year-old Stanley Davis III.

"This union is very strong. So, even if you recommend, chief, that he be terminated, I'm quite sure that his job will get turned back over to him," one man said.

Davis died along Federal Highway moments before a Boynton Beach police officer attempted a traffic stop.

Stanley Davis III, teen who died while being pursued by Boynton Beach police on Dec. 26, 2021
Stanley Davis III died a day after Christmas after crashing a dirt bike during the police pursuit.

The FHP concluded "the accident occurred while the motorcycle operator was driving recklessly at approximately 85 mph and unlawfully fleeing an attempted traffic stop." The FHP investigation continues by saying "there was no physical contact between the police officer's vehicle and the motorcycle." It went on to say that "this investigation is complete, and no charges shall be filed."

Bryce Graham spoke for Stanley's family.

"My reaction is, 'Wow!' You come out and say that a 13-year-old child caused his own death," he said. "How is that when an officer conducted an unlawful police chase?"

Boynton Beach police said they could not discuss the specifics of the case at the forum. Their own investigation has not concluded.

Stanley Davis III dirt bike crash scene in Boynton Beach
Stanley Davis III was killed in a dirt bike crash after an attempted traffic stop by Boynton Beach police in December 2021.

Residents at the meeting included Davis' family. Many said something needs to change.

"I think what needs to happen is the (Department of Justice) just needs to come in because this is out of control," one man said.

One woman said she's afraid of the police.

"I don't even be committing a crime, and when the police pull up and get behind me, I be feeling like my blood pressure is 1,000," she said.

The Boynton Beach Police Department will conduct an internal affairs investigation to determine if any police department policies were violated on Dec. 26.