This story is clearly one for the record books and it’s amazing that the Broward Sheriff’s Department has not been more forthcoming with the details of the shooting of Gregory Frazier. It’s so unfortunate a family squabble that could have been amicably settled and according to reports the argument was done but to have the police come and not do a proper investigation prior to discharging their weapons is a travesty not to mention an abuse of their authority. Although the police were called to the residence because of the heated debate between Frazier and his daughter, the responding officers should have gotten all of the details of he situation first. With all that’s going on in the various communities regarding law enforcement, this will be a case the world will need pay close attention to.
You be the judge with this situation, share your thoughts as to how the Boward County officers should have handled this situation.
Read more as reported by NewsOne:
A 56-year-old Black Pompano Beach, Florida man was fatally shot and killed on Friday evening in a police involved shooting that occurred in the victim’s backyard, The New Times Broward Palm-Beach reports.
Gregory Frazier, the identified victim, was shot multiple times by three White officers who responded to the scene after Frazier’s sister Deborah called the police to his home. Deborah claims Frazier and her daughter were arguing. When police arrived, the argument was over and Frazier was in the backyard eating a plate of fries and chicken wings.
Police say Frazier was holding a knife, but Deborah says it was a Swiss Army knife that he carried on a daily basis.
Frazier’s nephew, Quartaze Woodard, was also at the scene and told the New Times that officers arrived and ordered Frazier to get down on the ground. Frazier responded, “Leave me alone.” After a second order with the same response, Woodard said officers opened fire. Frazier was then handcuffed while he lay on the ground.
Once officers realized that Frazier was non-responsive, they attempted to revive him with CPR. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has not confirmed the number of shots fired.
Frazier’s sister Deborah expressed extreme grief and regret for calling the authorities. “I never would have called the cops if I’d known this was going to happen,” she said. “They just came in and started shooting right away.”
The New-Times reports the officers were placed on administrative leave while the BSO opens an internal investigation, but Sarahca Peterson, a local activist and friend of the Frazier family, says that is not enough. Peterson wants the officers in Pompano Beach to better reflect the community in which they serve. “There has to be change. They need to face criminal charges,” she said. “If I kill someone, I’m going to jail. They shouldn’t be out there on the streets.”