Lester Machado, 24, was shot and killed by police officer in Hialeah, Florida.
On Oct. 1, 2017, Hialeah police officers tried to pull over Machado’s car. Police said he had a broken tail light. Machado did not stop. One of the officers falsely claimed Machado attempted to ram him and the radio dispatch proves police were told to cancel the pursuit. But then another officer got on the radio and falsely reported that Merchant’s vehicle “had actually struck” one of the police cars.
A chase began and Machado crashed into a Metrorail column. Officers started shooting at Machado’s car, discharging over 122 rounds of bullets. Machado was unarmed. He died at the scene.
In May 2021, Machado’s family has filled a renewed lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that the reason for the stop was entirely unjustified.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
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.