Jamee Johnson, 22, was shot and killed by Jacksonville police on December 14, 2019.
Police pulled him over and ordered him to get out of his vehicle when he told officers he had a gun in the car. Police said there was a struggle. Johnson allegedly pushed one of the officers and got back into his car.
According to police, Johnson went back to his car and accelerated it toward an officer while reaching for his gun. That officer then fired four shots. Johnson was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Two police officers involved in the traffic stop are on paid administrative leave. In March 2021, Johnson’s family filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the officer who killed him during the traffic stop. The suit says the officer violated Jamee Johnson’s civil rights and used excessive force causing his wrongful death.
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“I just need answers,” Johnson’s mother said. “You know, it’s a void that’s missing that can never be filled now.”
“He did some bad stuff he shouldn’t have gotten back in the car, he should’ve tried to get away but he said at the beginning that he was scared of the police and he did stop in the end and give up,” Johnson’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.