A 60-year-old black man in West Florida was shot in front of his home last Saturday as he was looking for a cigarette in his mother’s car, which was actually in his driveway.
That was when the officers arrived and shot Roy Middleton although he “did not provoke them,” said Atlanta Daily World.
A neighbor in that predominantly white community called the police when he or she saw Middleton searching the car. That person clearly assumed he was a criminal.
“When the police arrived to respond to the burglary call, they approached Middleton and demanded he remove himself from the vehicle with his hands raised, according to his account.”
This victim told the Pensacola News Journal that he obeyed the officers, yet they began firing, shooting him in the leg. Middleton said “Bullets were flying everywhere.”
“My mother’s car is full of bullet holes, though. My wife had to go and get a rental,” said Middleton. Now he is recovering from his wounds and is grateful those bullets did not hit his head or chest.
One witness stated that Middleton was not aggressive and was cooperative, so why was he shot?
“Although the deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave, Middleton says the sheriff’s office has yet to offer an apology or explanation. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.”
His mother Ceola Walker, 77, is waiting for an explanation from the police. She wants to know why they shot her son.