Devon Gregory: Activists, family of teen killed in Jacksonville police-involved shooting demanding answers

Push for transparency following deadly police shooting

Original story from 11/18/2020 below:

Devon Gregory, 18, was shot and killed by Jacksonville police in a Tuesday night traffic stop on San Juan avenue.

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Tawana Myrick, Gregory’s mother, now faces the pain of losing a child.

”And I know that have children as well,” said Myrick. “How would they feel if somebody gunned their baby down?”

Action News Jax obtained video of the fatal shooting, in which you can hear several shots being fired, and the emotional response of the person recording.

Investigators say Gregory was agitated during the stop. They tell us four officers opened fire after de-escalation tactics failed.

In a news release on Wednesday, police identified Gregory as the deceased, and released a picture of the gun they say was found at the scene.

”… The attached photo is of the firearm that the subject possessed,” said JSO.

Police tell us the shooting officers were wearing body cameras. Action News Jax has requested copies of the body camera video.

”They should pay. They should definitely pay,” said Myrick. “They should be held accountable, responsible.”

Today, Action News Jax showed the video to Jacksonville Mayor, Lenny Curry.

”That sounds pretty terrible,” said Curry. “If I were there, I would have been scared, but you can’t see anything.”

Curry says the State Attorney’s Office needs to investigate before determinations are made on whether the shooting was justified. Earlier this year, State Attorney Melissa Nelson, announced her office would approve the release of body camera video within 30 days, if doing so didn’t compromise an investigation.

Local activist with the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, Christina Kittle, feels 30 days is not soon enough.

”Even if she doesn’t want to release it to the public, it should be released to the family,” said Kittle. “So that the family can have their lawyers and everybody else have access to the same footage.”All four shooting officers are on administrative leave as JSO and the State Attorney’s office investigate.