A Jacksonville grandmother is calling for justice for her grandson, 18-year-old Devon Gregory, who she identified as the person shot and killed by four police officers during a traffic stop Tuesday night on Jacksonville’s Westside.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief T.K. Waters said that officers shot a passenger in a vehicle who became agitated during a traffic stop about 10:40 p.m. at the intersection of San Juan and Cassat avenues.
Water said officers, who initially pulled over the car with three people inside for failing to maintain a single lane, tried to deescalate the situation. He said after several minutes of trying to talk with the passenger who refused to comply with demands to get out of the car, four officers fired shots.
Araceli Gonzalez, who’s affiliated with Black Lives Matter, said she and other members of the community are monitoring this investigation closely after other national cases in which Black people have been killed by police.
“It’s too many casualties,” Gonzalez said. “It’s not just here and there. It’s happening too often. And now it’s coming to our city in Jacksonville. And I’m trying to figure out why are we calling Breonna Taylor, we’re calling George Floyd.”
“We want to see all the body cameras. There’s no way that we shoot a person 35 times. I don’t care what the refusal was,” Gonzalez said.