roy-middleton

TW: Police violence, racism - Unarmed man shot by deputies inside his own car outside his own home
July 30, 2013

Deputies in Florida’s Escambia County have some explaining to do after they allegedly shot an unarmed man for grabbing a box of cigarettes out of his own car outside his own house.

Roy Middleton was returning home from work early Saturday morning, when he stopped by the car he and his mother share to grab some cigarettes.

A neighbor who didn’t recognize Middleton phoned the local sheriff’s office to report a possible burglary.

Deputies dispatched to the scene found Middleton inside the vehicle and ordered him to back away with his hands in the air. As he was doing so, Middleton says he turned to face the deputies.

“It was like a firing squad," he later recalled from his hospital bed. "Bullets were flying everywhere.”

All told, deputies fired seven shots, five of which struck the car and the side of Middleton’s house, where his elderly mother Ceola Walker was sleeping.

At least one of the bullets hit Middleton’s leg.

“I don’t understand how they could fire so many shots at him," said Walker. "He wasn’t resisting or anything and he was at his own house.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is reportedly investigating the incident, and the deputies involved have been placed on paid leave.

A girl who witnessed the shooting confirmed Middleton’s version of events. “He wasn’t belligerent or anything," she told PNJ.

Though Middleton’s wounds are not life-threatening, he will require several weeks of treatment before he’s back on his feet.

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[…] it’s important to understand that, in America, it is broadly believed that police can–and perhaps should–kill people who do not comply with them. Roy Middleton was shot in his own driveway after a neighbor called the police on him, thinking he was burglar breaking into car. The car was Middleton’s. When the police arrived, they claim to have given Middleton orders to which he did not comply. Middleton thought it was neighbors playing a joke. The police claim he “lunged” at them.“It was like a firing squad,” Middleton told PNJ from his bed at Baptist Hospital. “Bullets were flying everywhere.” The local sheriff doesn’t believe the police did anything wrong.
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Unarmed Man Shot by Deputies Inside His Own Car Outside His Own Home

Deputies in Florida’s Escambia County have some explaining to do after they allegedly shot an unarmed man for grabbing a box of cigarettes out of his own car outside his own house.

Seven fired shots at a 60 year old black man who was inside his OWN CAR outside his OWN HOUSE.

Let’s seriously just fucking get rid of Florida.

First, trayvon martin, then, jordan davis, now, roy middleton.

First there was Trayvon Martin, then Jordan Davis, and now this: Two days ago, yet another unarmed black man was shot in Florida. His crime? Standing in his own front yard, outside his mother’s home, searching for a cigarette.

Early Saturday morning, Roy Middleton’s mother Ceola Walker woke up to the sound of a volley of gunshots and the news that her 60-year-old son had been shot by Escambia County police on suspicion of burglary.

According to Pensacola News Journal, “Middleton, who lives with his mother in the 200 block of Shadow Lawn Lane in Warrington, had been searching for a loose cigarette in his mother’s car early that morning” when an unnamed neighbor, watching Middleton as he searched for a cigarette, called 911 to report a burglary.

While Middleton was still outside, police responding to the burglary call arrived and shouted at him to step away from his mother’s car. According to Middleton, he complied with police and stepped away from his own family’s car despite being utterly confused, but police inexplicably fired on him anyway — multiple times, with probable intent to kill.

“It was like a firing squad,” he said later from his hospital bed. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”

Ceola Walker’s car was peppered by a volley of bullets intended for her son, and her son’s left thigh will now require the insertion of a metal rod due to shattered bones. It is unclear who will pay for the damage to Walker’s car.

Fortunately, Middleton is currently in good condition — most of the bullets obviously missed — and Walker expects her son to come home in a few days.

The incident is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the deputies who responded to the call have been placed on administrative leave. Nonetheless, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has refused to release the names of the officers involved in the shooting.

Sheriff David Morgan will hold a press conference to discuss the incident at 3 p.m. today.

“I’d like to know why they didn’t check the car out, and why they had to fire so many shots. They haven’t said anything,” Middleton’s mother said, adding that she is thankful nonetheless because the outcome of that morning could have been much worse for the husband and father of two.

“He could’ve been killed. The Lord shielded him,” she said.

As for me, I am left wondering two things: First, why did deputies think it necessary to shoot at Middleton multiple times, in a hail of bullets that probably should have killed him? Second, why does Florida have such a problem with shooting unarmed black males?

Whatever the answers, these recent shootings in Florida prove one thing: Stereotypes can be deadly.

Deputies in Florida’s Escambia County have some explaining to do after they allegedly shot an unarmed man for grabbing a box of cigarettes out of his own car outside his own house.

Roy Middleton was returning home from work early Saturday morning, when he stopped by the car he and his mother share to grab some cigarettes.

A neighbor who didn’t recognize Middleton phoned the local sheriff’s office to report a possible burglary.

Deputies dispatched to the scene found Middleton inside the vehicle and ordered him to back away with his hands in the air. As he was doing so, Middleton says he turned to face the deputies.

“It was like a firing squad,” he later recalled from his hospital bed. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”

…The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is reportedly investigating the incident, and the deputies involved have been placed on paid leave.

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Unarmed Man Shot by Deputies Inside His Own Car Outside His Own Home

Shoot a black man in Florida and you get a paid vacation.

My “favorite” part of the Roy Middleton thing is, of course, the defense the cops are using is the Uncle Jimbo “he’s comin’ right for us” defense. It always amazes me that the go to defense for cops to make themselves look better in unprovoked shootings is to portray themselves as jumpy cowards with itchy trigger fingers as if somehow that’s preferable to being a power tripping asshole with an itchy trigger finger. Like these are the guys “protecting” you and they want you to know that when it comes down to it they’re scared children given deadly weapons.

What a joke.

Florida Cops Shoot Unarmed Black Man In His Mother’s Driveway

This weekend, deputies from Escambia County, Florida shot an unarmed man who went to grab cigarettes from the car parked in the driveway of his mother’s home. A neighbor called police at 2 a.m. because he suspected 60-year-old Roy Middleton was stealing the car. Things quickly escalated when two deputies arrived and ordered Middleton to “get your hands where I can see them,” the Pensacola News Journal reports:

[Middleton] said he initially thought it was a neighbor joking with him, but when he turned his head he saw deputies standing halfway down his driveway.

He said he backed out of the vehicle with his hands raised, but when he turned to face the deputies, they immediately opened fire.

“It was like a firing squad,” he said. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”

The deputies reportedly fired about seven shots at the unarmed man; Middleton was shot in the leg, and another five bullet holes hit the car and the side of house.

With the Trayvon Martin case still a fresh memory for another Florida county, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney’s office are now investigating the incident. For now, the involved officers are on paid administrative leave.

Buy the book - Part 2: Review bookshop

Photo by Lima Charlie

Peckham locals Roz Simpson and Roy Middleton opened Review nine years ago at 131 Bellenden Road. It is run by Katia Wengraf and Evie Wyld, an award-winning writer who works here in between penning prize-winning novels.

“We’re primarily interested in literary fiction, but we have a small but lovely art and architecture section, and a pretty special children’s section too,” says the All The Birds, Singing author.

The shop has a ‘we really really recommend these books’ shelf to help browsers with their decision. At the moment it includes Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson, Martha, Jack & Shanco By Caryl Lewis and Stitches by David Small.

Review’s clientele have changed over the years, says Evie. “When we first opened it was almost exclusively locals. But now that more people are coming to Peckham, we get a range of people from all over London, all ages and all backgrounds.”

Evie sees reading as an integral part of life. “I don’t see any other way of engaging your brain in a way that brings you a greater understanding of
human beings,” she says. “I find people who read widely tend to have the most empathy.”

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Unarmed Man Shot by Deputies Inside His Own Car Outside His Own Home

Amid a growing firestorm of criticism, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan tried to offer some answers today after two deputies shot at and injured an unarmed man in his own driveway.

The story has garnered national attention since Saturday, when 60-year-old Roy Middleton was shot in the leg while rummaging for a loose cigarette in his mother’s car. Across the Internet and social media, commenters have lambasted the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and Florida in general. Thousands of comments have been posted about the case on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. The story drew more than 15,000 recommends on pnj.com alone.

Deputies Jeremiah Meeks and Matthew White responded to a 911 call on Saturday of a possible burglary and found Roy Middleton, 60, rummaging through a car in the 200 block of Shadow Lawn Lane in Warrington, Morgan said. Middleton was searching for a loose cigarette in his mother’s car.

Read Middleton’s account of the shooting.

Morgan said the deputies reported that, after they’d made multiple commands to Middleton to show his hands, he eventually lunged out of the car and spun toward them, causing them to “fear for their safety.”

“As much as we are trained and as much as officers – which have Type A personalities – like to say we are in control, we are not,” Morgan said at the conference.

During an afternoon press conference, Morgan played the 911 call made by a neighbor along with the corresponding radio traffic from officers on the scene.

Middleton has said he was in his mother’s car, searching for a cigarette. When he backed out of the vehicle, he had his car keys in his hand with a metal flashlight attached, he told his mother. The deputies opened fire.

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Let me tell you, when your daughter of ten, excitedly dons on a sari, with a being glowing soft with a loveliness so childlike on Saraswati Puja : A Sari needs no curves.
Let me tell you, when an anorexic Indian girl, dresses up all pretty in a pink sari to bring in a new tomorrow, lighting up her father’s face to remove his tears of distress : A Sari needs no curves.
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