Despite Video of Cops Shooting Unarmed 17-Year-Old With Down Syndrome, Everyone Keeps Their Job
Even though footage from a traffic camera contradicted the testimony of a Florida deputy who shot a 17-year-old with Down syndrome, prosecutors cleared the officer of any wrongdoing.
In 2010, 17-year-old Jeremy Hutton’s mom called the police to report her son, who has the mental capacity of a 3- or 4-year-old, had stolen her van.
Officers found the disabled teen driving slowly in Palm Beach and Deputy Jason Franqui pulled his police cruiser in front of the minivan after Hutton stopped at an intersection.
The deputy shot Hutton in the head, shoulder, and hand.
Franqui told investigators that he only fired the gun after Hutton looked at him and drove directly at him.
Footage from a nearby traffic camera, however, shows Franqui standing beside the minivan, not in front of it, when he shot at Hutton six times.
Hutton tries to maneuver the vehicle away to try to escape but crashes into a car after being shot.
Reports submitted by the sheriff’s office and the State Attorney don’t mention that Franqui shot the back and side windows of the minivan, not the windshield. They also failed to mention that Franqui nearly shot a passing driver after firing two bullets into the unnamed motorist’s car.
Hutton miraculously survived the shooting but his parents are now suing the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.
“I don’t think anybody knew or anticipated that they were going to get caught by a traffic camera,” said Stuart Kaplan, the Hutton family’s attorney.