Of­fi­cer Raja wants charges dis­missed in black mo­torist killing

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - By TERRY SPENCER As­so­ci­ated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The at­tor­ney for a fired po­lice of­fi­cer said he should not stand trial for fa­tally shoot­ing a stranded black mo­torist, say­ing the slay­ing was tragic but jus­ti­fied.

At­tor­ney Richard Lubin be­gan the two-day hear­ing Mon­day for for­mer Palm Beach Gar­dens Po­lice Of­fi­cer Nouman Raja by say­ing Corey Jones pointed his gun at Raja af­ter he iden­ti­fied him­self as a po­lice of­fi­cer. He said Raja should be pro­tected by Florida's so-called stand-your-ground law.

Judge Samantha Schos­berg Feuer will de­cide whether to dis­miss man­slaugh­ter and other charges against Raja for the 2015 shoot­ing of Jones, who was legally car­ry­ing a hand­gun.

Raja was work­ing un­der­cover in plain­clothes. Pros­e­cu­tors say he never iden­ti­fied him­self as a po­lice of­fi­cer, mak­ing Jones think he was a rob­ber. Raja is of South Asian de­scent.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF YOUTUBE.COM

SEEK­ING JUS­TICE: Corey Jones was gunned down by po­lice while stranded on the road.

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