Andrew Joseph III
Andrew Joseph III, 14, died after been detained by police officers in Tampa, Florida.
In February 2014, Joseph participated in the Florida State Fair. Two deputies searched him and racially insulted the teenager. They told him to leave the fair.
The officers put him in a patrol car and drove away without calling his parents. The deputies left him on the side of a busy highway. The confused teenager decided to find the way home, however, when he was crossing the highway, he was hit by a car. Joseph died at the scene from his injuries.
Joseph’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the police department and asked the US Department of Justice to conduct its own investigation into the circumstances of the boy’s death, but their petition was denied. In July 2021, Black Lives Matter activists demanded that the police officers involved in Joseph’s death be brought to justice, because no charges have yet been brought against them.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
“Eight years later, we still don’t have a police report. Every time we try to go to court, they [the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office] files another appeal [using the legal defense of] qualified immunity,” Andrew Joseph Sr., the teen’s father, said.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.