Six months after Corey Jones death, family seeks answers

By now, Clinton Jones Sr. said Monday, he thought he would know whether the police officer who shot and killed his son Corey six months ago would face criminal charges.


(Palm Beach Post staff)

Instead, prosecutors have told him that they are still in the end stages of a three-agency investigation into former Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja, the plainclothes officer who was still on probation when he had the deadly Oct. 18 encounter with the stranded 31-year-old motorist.

“I would think that by now they would have had enough time to do whatever they needed to do,” Clinton Jones, Sr. said Monday during a rally outside the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office. “We’re going to keep fighting for justice, though, and we need all of you to fight with us.”

In the shadow of officer-involved shootings like the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and others, Jones’ case has garnered little national attention since the first few weeks after news broke of the popular professional drummer’s death.

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg has urged the public to remain patient as his office, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI complete their investigation.

Jones’s father, his brother C.J. and others say they understand the investigation takes time, but in the meantime they struggle with unanswered questions surrounding Corey Jones’ death.

C.J. Jones, who said his daughters have built a deep resentment of police since their uncle’s death, made an appeal to law enforcement.

“We need the good cops to step up,” he said. “We need the good officers to come up, and help us get rid of these bad ones, so we can all protect the community together.”

Raja told investigators after the shooting that he was forced to fire on Jones because Jones came at him with a gun. Jones’ newly purchased gun, for which he had a permit, was found at some point between his broken down car and where his body came to rest.

Raja fired his gun six times, hitting Jones three times. Ballistics reports show Jones’ gun was never fired.

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