Were Four Young Black Men Targeted at Target?
- Category: Justice
- Published: Thursday, 12 May 2022 17:08
Mark E. NeJame
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On April 27th four young men were in the Target store located in Kissimmee, Florida. Two of them were teenage boys who entered the store and were suspected of shoplifting Pokemon Cards and a pizza, with the combined value of approximately less than $40.
Information indicates that Osceola County sheriff deputies physically followed the teenagers inside the store and allowed and watched the juveniles exit the store. Under the watchful eye of Sheriff deputies, the boys entered their car without being stopped or detained, even though probable cause would have existed to stop and detain them if the deputies were witness to an alleged petit theft.
As the young men, including teenagers, commenced slowly driving off, several unmarked deputy vehicles moved in to box them in. From all the information obtained to date, the deputies never identified themselves as law enforcement and were in unmarked vehicles. As the car continued to drive off, the deputies, without legal cause or justification, fired multiple gun shots into their vehicle without regard for the safety of the occupants or civilians in the area.
As a result of this apparent unwarranted, illegal, and unjustified shooting 20 year old Jayden Baez, was killed, being shot to death by the deputies. Two other occupants were seriously injured. One of those critically injured was Joseph Lowe, who was shot 6 times despite both of his hands being raised, clearly indicating either surrender or a plea for the deputies to stop shooting, and that there was nothing in his hands.
Nevertheless, he was shot 3 times in each of his raised hands, causing massive damage to both hands, including having one of his fingers blown off.
Partners Mark NeJame and Albert Yonfa, from NeJame Law are representing the victims, including the deceased Jayden Baez and his family, and Joseph Lowe. Our investigation continues in preparation for the multi-million-dollar lawsuit to be filed against the Osceola County Sheriff's Department, Osceola County, and all those individuals and entities responsible for this grotesque misuse of police authority and use of unnecessary and excessive force.