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Sheriff Exposed as Liar by Fellow Cop in the Shooting of an Unarmed Down Syndrome Child

Palm Beach County, FL — A Florida sheriff has been exposed in a recent lawsuit for lying about one of his deputies who shot six times at an unarmed teenager.  The victim, Jeremy Hutton is a 17-year-old boy with Down Syndrome, who nearly lost his life after he was hit with three of those six rounds.

According to a report by West Palm Beach’s, Jose Lambiet,

Last year, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw signed two sworn, notarized affidavits saying he knows nothing about the case, wasn’t briefed about the case and didn’t supervise investigators assigned to the case when PBSO deemed “justified” yet another questionable deputy shooting.

Contradicting Bradshaw’s sworn statements, however, PBSO Internal Affairs Major Robert Van Reeth told Hutton’s lawyers in his deposition that Bradshaw had personal knowledge of the incident and was briefed fully about the controversial shooting.

The incident happened in October of 2010, and the subsequent internal “investigation” cleared Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy, Jason Franqui, the officer who shot Hutton.

Hutton, who was a somewhat troubled teen, had taken his mother’s minivan for a joyride that fateful night.

Deputy Franqui was the officer who responded to the mother’s call for help. When Franqui caught up to Hutton, he stopped at a red light. Franqui then pulled in front of the van in an attempt to stop Hutton.

According to the report and the results of the investigation, Franqui feared for his life because he said Hutton drove directly at him, so he was forced to shoot.

“I watched the driver, he turned the wheel and started coming right at me,” Deputy Franqui told investigators. “I was in fear he was going to hit me.”

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Dashcam video of the incident did not refute the deputy’s claims as it only showed a portion of the perspective. The shooting was ruled justified.

However, the incident was also caught on traffic camera video and despite the “investigation” mentioning the existence of the video, its detail was conveniently not mentioned.

The traffic cam video refuted the entire deputy’s description. It showed that Hutton made an overt attempt to steer away from deputy Franqui. After the van passed Franqui, is when he opened fire. Hutton was struck in the head, shoulder and arm. Thankfully he lived.

“I don’t think anybody knew or anticipated that they were going to get caught by a traffic camera,” said Stuart Kaplan, the Hutton’s civil attorney.

“This case is one of the most egregious, one of the most disturbing cases that I have pending in my office,” he said.

“The traffic camera clearly shows that Jeremy Hutton apparently was driving away from the deputy but actually turned his vehicle as far to the left as possible to completely try and avoid hitting this deputy so it’s completely inconsistent to what was told by the deputy, it’s appalling,” said Kaplan.

“The deputy was not in any danger,” he said.

Using his blue privilege, Bradshaw, who is also up for reelection, has successfully been able to avoid all requests for deposition by Kaplan. Instead of taking the stand, Bradshaw has squandered hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars paying law firms to help him avoid accountability.

Last month Kaplan filed a motion for the judge to reconsider her first refusal to force the sheriff to a deposition.

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“The circumstances indicate a strong likelihood that Sheriff Bradshaw has personal knowledge of the incident,” Kaplan’s motion read. “Contrary to his affidavit filed with this court . . . Sheriff Bradshaw does have personal knowledge of the incident. He did speak to officers regarding the incident . . . He did participate in the investigation and the . . . review process.”

According to Lambiet,

Bradshaw’s own I.A. leader Van Reeth was pretty clear about it when he was deposed in September. Van Reeth said he signed off on the investigation that found Franqui did nothing wrong when he shot Hutton.

“I can’t sign off on nothing unless I have his (Bradshaw’s) direction and authority,” Van Reeth said. “Anything that I would see, that I would be signing off in his stay [sic], he would have knowledge of.

“It so happened when this case came to its conclusion and was being presented, he was out of town. I knew the sheriff had been informed.”

Watch the video below of Franqui shooting this unarmed teen, who posed no threat to the officer’s safety. After watching, it becomes clear as to why Bradshaw would deny having any information on the case — his deputy is a trigger-happy maniac, and he refuses to accept it.

Below is the original news story once the traffic cam was finally released — long after the deputy had been cleared.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

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    • Please roll out with the attention whoring pics.

    • This thread is about police brutality and corruption and this broad decides to post this pic. WTF She’s probably dumb as a bag of hammers You are totally right Retro Rager she is a attention whore

  • I saw this in your newsletter…

  • I guess in the US, cops don’t have a yearly physical test huh, that one cop there couldn’t catch his own ass to save his life.

    • -or, in other words: the reason cops in US draw their guns and shoot people for traffic errors, is that they wont, or cant, run to catch them.

  • Horrific as ALWAYS!

  • And who are you gongi to sue? Themselves? And any award or settlement will just be tax money. No win.

  • They should get investigated by police authorities from other states or counties at least

  • Who shoots a child with Down syndrome, beside Nazi’s.?

  • Shocking!!! America is slipping away as the socalled leading country in the world,it’s more now a murderous regime that is out of control!SHAME!

  • I don’t see their words. They always have words, always.
    I see a dead unarmed American Citizen.
    WTF does down Syndrome have to do with anything.

    • It has alot to do with it. Downsyndrome is identifiable just by looking at someone. You can tell is they have a form if it. This cop knew he was shooting a handi cap person. That makes it worse.

    • They use that same line to say there was nothing that could be done to ………..control………..him with is mental disability……………….If you think it helps your side, KNOW they use it too……………………The question is who gets helped the most, those seeking justice or those seeking justification…………………when you spew your B.S. (here it may have credibility. most “mental” is NOT reallllly “mental”), you open it for them to use as well…………….I say remove all the …adjectives………. remove all the words……………..the ONLY ammo left is dead unarmed American citizen. Now which side does that do NO help for?

    • Psychiatry is the most bought into scam on the American people ever so, I would NOT be surprised if I am speaking an alien language to everyone………………….I would say maybe 15 percent of ALL psychiatry claims are real deal those people are fucking mental, the other 85% is astonishingly weak and acceptable people, sheep looking for a way to not deal. They can’t be alone in their “deficiency” everyone else must be the same.

    • A tool for justice or a tool for justification?…………… Lets do the numbers of police that kill “mental” people…….. How often guilt is found in that action?……..It’s not fucking rocket science people………………Have you sold your soul to psychiatry?..BAhhhhhhaaaaaaaaahhhhhh

  • Keep up the good work!

  • You know its bad when it no longer surprises you when you read about this, Who do you trust if you cant trust the law enforcement because they are more corrupt than the law breakers, thats whats scary.

  • We need to do a better job of vetting law enforcement

  • I thought cops never went against other cops?

  • This cop needs killed

  • police investigate them selves ?? makes as much sense as having the KKK investigate the murder of a black man by a white man in mississippi

  • Oops… that’s his career down the toilet!
    But a credit to him – if only all cops were so inclined.

  • this will keep happing till someone who can do something dose.what a shame.

  • Some body’s got to keep the truth out there. Glad your taking the lead.

  • Un-reformable?

  • How do you go about living your life as you do something like that to somebody in that situation you should just go home and kill yourself