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Dashcam video provides details of fatal law enforcement shooting of two Florida teens

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Four days after a sheriff's deputy fatally shot two Black teenagers in the coastal Florida city of Cocoa, prompting a state investigation and outrage in a community demanding answers, authorities released a 56-second dashcam video of the deadly encounter.

(CNN)Four days after a sheriff's deputy fatally shot two Black teenagers in the coastal Florida city of Cocoa, prompting a state investigation and outrage in a community demanding answers, authorities released a 56-second dashcam video of the deadly encounter.

The video clip, posted on the Brevard County Sheriff's Facebook page Tuesday evening, shows deputies attempting to stop a car last Friday after what Sheriff Wayne Ivey said was an investigation into a possible stolen vehicle.

In a statement released with the video, Ivey said the driver "turns and accelerates the vehicle" toward the deputy, who was "then forced to fire his service weapon in an attempt to stop the deadly threat of the car from crashing into him. "

Crump said Wednesday that it was "painfully troubling to us that this teen driver and the teen backseat passenger were terrified and drove around deputies who approached the vehicle with guns drawn. " The deputy continued firing "as the car cleared him and posed no threat," the attorney said in a statement.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) said in a statement it's investigating the shooting and reviewing videos and forensic evidence.

The sheriff's office said in an initial statement on Monday that the shooting took place about 10:30 a. m. Friday while deputies were investigating "an earlier incident in which a vehicle fled from an attempted traffic stop. "

The sheriff said a third person in the car "provided a thorough statement to FDLE that confirms the occupants of the vehicle heard the verbal commands of the Deputy and that Crooms still turned the vehicle and accelerated. "

Alex Goins, the deputy mayor of Cocoa, said before the video's release that people in the community were demanding answers about the shooting.

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