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Cop kills musician after car breakdown, authorities refuse to release body

Corey Jones,31, killed by police (Photo Source: Facebook)

Corey Jones,31, killed by police (Photo source: Facebook)

Another police killing of a Black man is in the news. This time the victim is Corey Jones, 31, a musician coming home from a late-night gig. The well loved drummer’s car had broken down on the side of the road Sunday night in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He had called a friend and fellow musician to help him out by bringing him engine oil.  When the friend arrived and the car still would not start, Jones decided to call AT&T Roadside Assistance. He told his friend to go home while he waited alone on I-95 and PGA Boulevard. At some point after 3 a.m., he was confronted by a plain clothes officer in an unmarked car. The officer claims Jones confronted him and had a weapon. In response, Officer Nouman Raja shot Jones dead.

Officer Nouman Raja right (Photo Source: Facebook)

Officer Nouman Raja, right (Photo Source: Facebook)

The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department issued a statement, which reads:

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING INTERSTATE 95 AND PGA BLVD.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL –On Sunday, October 18th, 2015, at approximately 3:15am, a Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja, on duty in a plain clothes capacity, in an unmarked police vehicle, stopped to investigate what he believed to be an abandoned vehicle on the southbound exit ramp of Interstate 95 and PGA Blvd. As the officer exited his vehicle, he was suddenly confronted by an armed subject. As a result of the confrontation, the officer discharged his firearm resulting in the death of the subject, Corey Jones. Per Department policy the officer is currently on paid administrative leave and an independent investigation is being conducted by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. No additional information at this time.”

Church members knew something was wrong when Jones did not show up for service that morning. He was scheduled to be the lead drummer at his family church. Family friend Benjamin Dixon stated, “He was a church musician … a church man. He was the most laid-back, easygoing guy I’ve ever worked with.”

Some 15 hours later, police notified the family that Jones was dead. All are upset because they have not seen his body. His cousin Ava Wright stated, “We don’t know where his body is, we don’t know what’s going on, all we know is someone knocked on the door and said this has happened, and the family needs some comfort. He never got into any trouble; he was a very good kid.”

Jones’ family and friends stated that they never knew of him handling any firearms; it was not in his character.  Jones was not only a musician; he was also an assistant manager of the Delray Beach Housing Authority. According to his supervisor, CEO Dorothy Ellington, Jones was a dedicated employee who had only taken one day of vacation in eight years. In addition, she described him as one of the best, most respectful, compliant employees she had ever had.

The Palm Beach Police Department hasn’t released further information regarding the shooting. Per departmental policy, Raja is on paid administrative leave.


16 Comments

  1. tikyle on October 20, 2015 at 11:05 am

    So if you roll up on me @ 3AM and I arm myself to protect myself from a stranger, that stranger can kill me and get away with it because his occupation is police officer. Plain clothes and unmarked car? Where they do that at? Why would he not protect himself from someone approaching him and his car at that hour unannounced?

    SMH…………….it’s open season all year apparently.

  2. staccee on October 20, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Of course the old excuse and LIE of he had a gun. and the lying cop was in fear for his life. the oldest lie in police shootings. they have throwdown guns to place at shooting scenes when there are cops involved.

  3. M MP on October 20, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I understand a lot of police shootings when someone resists arrest, points a weapon at an officer, or tries to run from police. BUT, an officer not in uniform, and in an unmarked car approaching you would look like another civilian regardless if he said he was a cop. How would you know he was a cop? Why didn’t the cop explain what he was doing and apologize and try to help him out? I am sick for this family. As a white woman, I have tried to look at both sides. I really empathize with officers, because it is a very difficult job and they are always under scrutiny especially with anything regarding “race” (thank you media). I hope people understand that an officer can shoot to kill if they feel threatened regardless if you have a weapon or not. That is the law. I feel that there will be justified protesting due to this incident. I would protest this as well. However, I feel that getting that law changed would have more of an impact. Police are not allowed to use their taser, but are told to use their gun. Why?

    • cupcake333 on October 20, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      yes your right why do they have a taser and niot allowed to use it , you never know what the guidline for tasers are cause if the assailant has a gun the taser may not work . but i can not see how a plain cloth police can walk up on a person and , assum its ok to question that man , in plane clother it was not his dutiy to police this man at all since he was off duty, this is what that power of that badge has done to cowards , it make them feel invincible , and intitled , he knew he had no business handling that man . i would love to know what he said while approaching the man.. . just cause your a man dont mean your not friighten on a dark raod being approached by a stranger , white males think black men are monsters to be wiped out like a video game. and they learn those weapons way better than the assailant they approach . . a person is not guilty until proven so what did he prove this man did? hell i need a tow truck is not a defensive move!!! he should not have killed this innocent man .. why on earth is this happening over and over in this country .

    • guest on October 21, 2015 at 8:51 am

      I admire your compassion for both sides but it’s hard for me to empathize with the police when this kind of thing happens way to often and the police never seem to have any empathy for the victims. I’m tired of hearing about the “good cops” and the tough job they have.

  4. cupcake333 on October 20, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    if that cop did not present his badge that is the reason he was scare and shot this man , white men are just freakin scary cats i dont know what bought on their fears that are getting worst with all these killings , maybe the new release of slave movies like MANDINGO , IAM SLAVE, ROOTS, AND ROSE WOOD .. is scaring them and making them realize that they are the ones who have disprescted the black man and they are expecting a retalliation, and there is non , black men dont wake up daily trying to figure out how to kill a white man cause if that was the case you can find a white man dominationg population on every jobsite if not owning the company… if there was a mass killing of white males why would it be WHITE MEN WHOM ARE SHOOTING UP THESE COLLEGES AND KILLING CHILDREN??? SOMEONE IS LIEING AND PARANOID . white men are jealous and scared of blacks .. they hate the men particularly due to fear only , the fact that more black men are marrying white women is the other nail in the coffin , its really sad , this man lost his life cause he was feared if that had been a white man stranded this owould not have happen at all

    • Jene SaisQuoi on October 23, 2015 at 5:16 am

      Button up that hole in your face. Whites aren’t afraid of blacks and 90% of blacks shot by police were doing some stupid shit, in the first place. Blacks are stupid because they are letting the liberals dictate their beliefs. Over 80% of black men are killed by other black men but you never hear anyone protesting that, do you? No one is jealous of blacks, why would any white, Latino, or Asian envy blacks. Blacks can’t pass standardized tests, run businesses without stabbing each other in the back, maintain a family unit, run their own country, speak English, multiply or divide, hold a job, or stay out of jail. The women can’t grow their own hair, so they wear other ladie’s leftovers! Out of all the races, the American black female is the only one not wanted by her counterpart, why is that? All other ladies, white, Latina, Asian, and native American, have no trouble keeping their men.

      Blacks are so ignorant that they vote for liberal democrats, the people who manipulate them and enslave them with social programs. In case you don’t know and you probably don’t, republicans granted blacks the right to vote 50 years before democrats. Republicans tried for 50 years to pass Civil Rights Acts but democrats voted it down. For every 2 blacks lynched by the southern democrat KKK, ONE white republican was lynched for helping blacks! republican president Dwight Eisenhower was the man who sent troops to protect black students attempting to enter desegregated schools. When a republican congress finally was able to pass a veto-proof Civil Rights Act, then president Johnson was quoted as saying, ” I will take credit for this and niggers will vote democrat for 200 years!” guess he was right, huh?

      Have you ever heard of Margaret Sanger? She started the group that became Planned Parenthood and felt that blacks were poisoning the gene pool. Her answer was to remove them from it before birth. Ever wonder why Planned Parenthood has put 80% of its clinics in black communities? Since 1973, over 16 MILLION black babies have been killed before birth! Who always votes to fund Planned Parenthood? Who called the republican attempt to defund it, a war on women? Hillary Clinton and liberal democrats, that is who! Blacks keep voting democrat, though,

      We, white conservatives, are getting sick of blacks talking shit about us. The “you be scared”, “you beez jealous”, and “you is rayciss” is getting old. Instead of talking shit, start fixing yourselves! I don’t like blacks because you cause way too much drama in this country but I recognize you as people, stop fucking things up for everyone else and we will all be able to get along. If not, of America is so bad to blacks then revolt. Take it to the street, so we can slap your bitch asses down, once and for all, and move on as a country.

      If you don’t believe anything that I told you, then as Tommy Sotomayor says” google it nigger!”

      • dee on October 23, 2015 at 9:10 pm

        Rant, rant, rant, the same old tired rant…..No one cares about your politics. Find a shower and figure out how to use it. You are dirty and need to get cleaned up. Do something else with your sad life.

  5. Helenofreims on October 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Horrible, family has my condolence, besides expected response get lawyer immediately. Murder, “NAPO” retaliating towards, Black men” I know going exaggerate and lie “Travon Martin verdict ” shows entrenched hate towards Blacks. Florida is “stagnated ” state only Disney Clan southern courted bigots!

    Problem, lack of unity among, Blacks” Florida ratio of felons, this not situation innocent man murdered! Why, I know conservative reaction: provoked the police damn liars! Most killings of cops “Florida biker gangs selling narcotics” media ignores these stories. Why didn’t make the media “Obama” you pose with enemy whom conspire to annihilate Black men. Whom? NAPO protecting hearts of racist clan! “Hip hop” failed “NAPO” prevail continue murder innocent Black men impartially: bigotry doesn’t exist are you sure! Victims increasing “Obama” any suggestions Mr.Puppet! Odd, the impartial response of some “Hispanic” politicians not about heritage oppression and economic segregation rampant good old “Florida even poorest criminals whom White” favors police brutality towards Blacks”! Lt. governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera whom Cuban-American his business contacts South America,Mexico,Spain and Italy gotten his acclaim. Concern shall Hispanics rally upon injustice there divided by income an nationalities Lt. governor Lopez-Cantera is oreo refuse to address the racism towards minorities! Attorney general of Florida gender Pam
    Bondi whom exclaims sounds insane justice rendered how?

    FDC where incarceration highest due Florida senate why making profits inmate ratio is over 200,000 high “FDC” commissioner Julie L.Jones contrary Florida hot market for commercial development whom buying. Dirty titans of greed many “Black” developers whom, Victor MacFarland, Don Pebbles,Quinto Primo and Magic Johnson of Urban/Caynon fund going build 38 towers around southern Miami. “Antagonist have your facts, whom holding, back equality using Black” men as gang whom? FPCA,FLEPIOA,FAPA,NAPO,FLPDA and IUPA know. Whom, obstructing and opposing justice associations lobby file law suits injustice needs to stop! Wrote: upon lies Lt.governor Lopez-Cantera for development of “DBPR” which causing displacement lower income. Immediate wage, insignificant in “Florida” state predominately civil governmental and dismal amount of industries anyhow, why inequality land owning class entrench hate towards non-Whites. For Miami developments preview,Curbed. Miami,Citylab,Archpaper,Highrises,Deezen, Highrise Facilities,,Biznow,NYCYIMBY (Forums) Miami and Skyscraper center depress Miami where fighting injustice and gentrification “ignored by governor “Rick Scott” whom uncle killed “Black man by dragging him from truck Taylor county Jones, family never concede seek justice fight the oppression!

    • charles on October 21, 2015 at 8:50 am

      I am missing something — That would be your POINT. Please EDIT.

  6. Fannie Packer on October 20, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    With what is going on today if a person is waiting for road side assistance and a person of Arabian decent approaches them with the ISIS stabbings you should be concern. The United States is known for welcoming people who hate them.

  7. Franchasca Sharron Harvey Love on October 20, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    This story is crazy. You will not call me, tell me your car has stopped. I show up and try and start it. It still don’t start and you tell me to leave, and I leave you. No, leave your car come with me we vome tomorrow and get it. So you’re waiting for ______ (who) until 3am. A plain racist off duty cop shows up. That is all she wrote. God be with this family. To many ooops, lies, murders in the Police Departments.

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  9. charles on October 21, 2015 at 8:28 am

    The police are predators these days. They want to kill. Everyone wants to get their frustrations out on the black man. Now brown Indians with the name Raja, Indian, want to get in the game of killing. Why was a Raja out at three in the morning? Why didn’t that chance meeting lead to assistance for the guy who was stranded? Everyone needs a camera in their car, maybe more than in their home. What is the cost of a dash camera anyway? These are troubled times for black people. Israel gets bomb threats 24/7 and they take out all their frustrations on a poor black Eritrean, kicking him to death (wrong man). Israel does not want to be considered racist to blacks. That is why Donald Trump is the man for me. With a high black youth unemployment and brown people coming to the US with no respect for Afro Americans blacks will be surprised, shocked and angered when they wake up and notice brown immigrant are treating them like the immigrants of italy and Ireland in the nineteenth century. Get more jobs in this country and get all the current citizens working. Employment is more important than Bernie Sanders social service. All those brown doctors in big city hospitals aren’t as good or kind or familiar as the white doctors of the fifties. Brown foreign born doctors cover each others bad doctoring more than white doctors ever did.

  10. cupcake333 on October 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    sounds like a cover up brewing , so they are wearing no uniforms in unmark cars , an untraceable move, did the kkk just recruite an off duty to go out and kill up some black folks? what is his background , why would a cop of any kind , come up on a car of a man whom is sitting there broke down and not ask him , what is the problem if that was a regular citizen pulling up they would announce who they are and what they wanted , no one is gonna be easy with a white man pulling up behind you in a regular car, we think of kkk, and all the cop killings . he knew the fears of black men yet he proceeded to intimidate and talk ignorant to this man . i bet you he come up acting cocky and entitiled which is sad , and unecessary, this is hands down murder

  11. Rookie Tha Reapa on October 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I think there is a video online of what really happened.