Along with carrying ice tea and candy, going into your car to grab a pack of cigarettes is also a dangerous thing for black people to do in Florida.
Roy Middleton was outside of his own home when police opened fire on him even though he was cooperating with their commands:
Deputies dispatched to the scene found Middleton inside the vehicle and ordered him to back away with his hands in the air. As he was doing so, Middleton says he turned to face the deputies.
“It was like a firing squad,” he later recalled from his hospital bed. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”
All told, deputies fired seven shots, five of which struck the car and the side of Middleton’s house, where his elderly mother Ceola Walker was sleeping.
At least one of the bullets hit Middleton’s leg.
“I don’t understand how they could fire so many shots at him,” said Walker. “He wasn’t resisting or anything and he was at his own house.”
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is reportedly investigating the incident, and the deputies involved have been placed on paid leave.
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