Group wants body camera video in Jan. 5 police-involved shooting that killed teen

Warrant reveals 2 others were in car that crashed into pedestrian bridge in Moncrief

Family and local activists call for transparency after Jacksonville teen was killed in an officer involved shooting
Family and local activists call for transparency after Jacksonville teen was killed in an officer involved shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Local activists and the family of a 17--year-old shot and killed in a police-involved shooting nearly two weeks ago are calling for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to release body camera video of the incident.

Family members say Kwamae Jones was shot and killed in Moncrief. News4Jax has learned two other teenagers were in the car that led police on a pursuit, which police said ended when the car crashed into another vehicle before hitting a pedestrian bridge. Investigators said there was “an exchange” and an officer fired multiple shots at the teens.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has not publicly identified the two other teenagers who were in the car, however, News4Jax has pieced together the scenario based on various police reports and an arrest warrant.

Records show Joseph Carter, 18, suffered “serious injuries.” He remains in the hospital, under guard. On Thursday, he was charged with possession of a firearm by a felony juvenile delinquent. Investigators said they found a firearm in the car the teens were in.

According to the arrest warrant, Bobby Whitty, 17, was the driver of the car. On Jan. 9, he was charged with aggravated fleeing from a police officer and is in custody.

Body camera footage of the shooting hasn’t been made public in this or any other case since Jacksonville officers began wearing them two years ago. Jones’ family and Michael Sampson, with the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, both say they want the video to be released.

“The family deserves to have answers anytime someone loses a loved one. It’s even twice as hard if they know that the institution that their tax dollars pay for isn’t giving them answers on why they lost their son,” Sampson said.

William Cash Sr. said Jones, his grandson also known as KK, was as unique as his hairstyle.

“He was fun. He likes to play and he comes from a large family so he’s got family around him he was just a good kid,” Cash Sr. said. “We need more information for closure. We need more information so the family can close and go on with our lives in remembrance of KK."

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