Gov. urged to support body camera legislation

Posted at 11:43 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2019-03-07 09:47:53-05

The family of Corey Jones traveled to Tallahassee Wednesday on what would have been his 32nd birthday.

After Jones was killed by former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja in October, his family has been advocating for law enforcement agencies to use body cameras.

Corey's father Clinton Jones, Sr., carried a letter for Governor Rick Scott asking him to support proposed police body camera legislation.

House Bill 93 specifically requires departments that use body cameras to make officers record every interaction with a citizen.

Family attorney Benjamin Crump says the family is fighting for Corey's legacy.

31 balloons were released outside ot the state capitol building to represent each year Corey Jones lived, and on his birthday, one more was released for the year Corey's family hopes his memory will create change. 

"It's hard but I have to fight. I have to do something to keep his legacy alive," said Clinton Jones Sr., Corey's father. 

Mr. Jones and his daughter, Corey's sister Melissa gathered in front of Governor Rick Scott's office ot push a bill they say may provide answers for another family in the future.  

"I don't understand why we don't have answers. I don't understand, I don't understand how this could happen to my brother," said Melissa Jones. 

Since Corey Jones was shot and killed by former Palm Beach Gardens Police Office Nouman Raja in October, his family has advocated for police body cameras. They were successful in Palm Beach Gardens where officers will soon start using them, but they believe that's not enough. Now, a house bill aims to add more regulations to how police use body cams, requiring officers to record every encounter with the public. 

"if there were body cameras they would have answers. we all would have answers," said Benjamin Crump, the family's attorney.

Attorneys working with Crump say the State Attorney's Office has concluded it's investigation, but is waiting on the FBI. We reached out to a spokesperson for the SAO and were told that is nothing that is public record yet. The Jones' family says even though they've been using this time to set a path for change, the uncertainty of what happened that night is still weighing on them. 

"i would have never thought that this would happen to my family, my brother. Not my brother, this don't happen to my family," emotionally added Melissa. 

House Bill 93 is set to be discussed in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday morning. Recently, community leaders and Jones' family members worked with the City of Palm Beach Gardens to pass an ordinance to fund police body cameras. 

Another bill currently in this legislative session proposes that all officer involved shootings be investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement instead of leaving it up to independent departments. 

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