Judge says Police Shooting was 'more like an assassination than an arrest' - Orange County Deputies Shot at Unarmed Black Man 137 Times
Denali as Coffin.In photo, Torey Breedlove's car. Despite the lack of frontal damage, Deputies said Breedlove had rammed undercover vehicles while attempting to flee. Breedlove's body was pierced more than 20 times by officers' bullets, resulting in his death. In the lawsuit filed Breedlove's estate alleges the "quantity and manner" of the shots fired constitute "unconscionable conduct" against "an unarmed citizen.
From [HERE] An Orlando federal judge has likened the conduct of 10 deputies who killed suspected car thief Torey Breedlove in a hail of gunfire to an "execution" rather than an attempted arrest. Breedlove, a Black man, was killed three years ago by Orange County deputies who were waiting for him at an Orlando-area apartment complex. His estate filed suit, claiming the deputies used excessive force and violated Breedlove's civil rights.
The case has not yet gone to trial, but in his order, U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell suggested the deputies acted "unreasonably." The judge also was careful to note, however, that by law, all evidence in the case must be viewed "in a light most favorable" to Breedlove's estate. The lawsuit stems from a Jan. 5, 2010 takedown that ultimately resulted in 137 shots being fired by deputies into a GMC Denali driven by 27-year-old Breedlove.
In September 2010 an Orange County grand jury ruled the shooting death was justified. "The shooting was justified," said State Attorney Lawson Lamar (racist suspect in photo). Attorney Natalie Jackson said the grand jury only heard "one side" of Breedlove's shooting, and called the Sheriff's Office policy governing the use of deadly force insufficient.
"A reasonable juror might also question why 137 shots were required to secure an unarmed suspect who drove a few dozen yards through a small parking lot, with a flat tire, at a relatively slow speed causing some minor fender-benders with unoccupied cars, and was pinned between two cars with his hands up."
"[T]he conduct at issue here is more akin to an execution than an attempt to arrest an unarmed suspect," Presnell wrote. No trial date has been set.