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Fatal shooting by Pasco detectives protested
Tampa Tribune ^ | 7/7/14 | GARY S. HATRICK

Posted on 07/07/2014 4:30:02 PM PDT by Impala64ssa

About 125 family and friends of Jerry Brown marched down Fifth Avenue in the rain Sunday afternoon to protest after the 41-year-old was fatally shot last week by Pasco County sheriff’s detectives.

Detectives said they shot Brown on Tuesday during an undercover drug deal near Big Ben Tires, 4128 Gall Blvd., where Brown was employed.

The sheriff’s office said detectives were arresting Brown, a Lakeland resident, for selling prescription drugs. Brown was later found to be unarmed, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

On Sunday, protesters chanted “Justice for Jerry” as they walked and carried signs. Some wore T-shirts printed with Brown’s photograph and the words “Shine Light on the Truth.”

The group stopped at Zephyr Park, where organizer Marcus Moody thanked residents for coming out.

Zephyrhills Police Chief David Shears and Capt. Robert McKinney escorted the protesters as they walked across Fifth Avenue and U.S. 301.

Nocco said last week that detectives were in a situation where they feared for their lives and the life of another undercover detective who had just conducted a drug deal with Brown. Brown had a violent history and had served time for armed robbery, Nocco said. He was on probation for selling and possessing drugs, the sheriff said.

Brown didn’t comply with the detectives’ orders to show his hands, which caused them to fear he was up to something, the sheriff said.

The State Attorney’s Office and the sheriff’s office are investigating the shooting.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; police; zephyrhills

Yeah, yeah, after 20+ years of living a life of crime he was just starting to get his life together.

1 posted on 07/07/2014 4:30:02 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

Ah yes, Pasco county or as some family members that still live there call it, Pillsco. Sadly my county in MO is known for meth.

I was born and lived in Pasco, so I have Florida on my subs just to catch posted articles to see if I know any of the people involved. I have actually seen one about someone I am almost positive I went to school with in 4th grade.

2 posted on 07/07/2014 5:58:14 PM PDT by CARDINALRULES (Tough times never last -Tough people do. DK57 -- 6-22-02)
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According to the article, he supposedly resides in Lakeland,FL(Polk County) but worked at 4128 Gall Blvd, Zephyrhills, FL.(Pasco County)

Bit of a jaunt for a presumably low wage job with gas at $3.55 a gallon.
Grady Judd probably ran him out of Polk County, and he neglected to update his legal address, and voting records.

Having lived in both counties, as a non-illegal-drug using, law abiding citizen...I can believe the Pasco County area LEOs might be more inclined to employ trigger happy deadly force, more so than the Polk County LEOs.

Do a drug deal or violent crime in Polk, and expect at least 5 cop cars to converge in two minutes or less, do it in Pasco... well it will take a while for an LEO to show up, alone, and they probably aren't as experienced.

This guy probably forgot who he was dealing with, as a former Polk County known criminal resident.

3 posted on 07/07/2014 9:50:03 PM PDT by sarasmom (Extortion 17. A large number of Navy SEALs died on that mission. Ask why.)
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