Florida sheriff’s deputies shoot unarmed black man in his own driveway!


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Sounds like its open season on the black men in Florida.

Two Escambia County sheriff deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave after they opened fire early Sunday morning and shot an unarmed black man in his own driveway.

Roy Middleton, 60, had gone to find cigarettes in his mother’s white Lincoln Town Car, which was parked in the driveway of the man’s home in a quiet neighborhood in the town of Warrington.

A nosy neighbor, who apparently didn’t recognize Middleton, called 911 to report a possible robbery, and police arrived at the scene at approximately 2:40 a.m.

Their guns drawn, deputies Jeremiah Meeks and Matthew White told Middleton to put his hands where the officers could see them.

Middleton told the Pensacola News Journal that he initially believed that the voices were from a neighbor who was playing a joke on him. When he got out of the car, however, the deputies opened fire on him.

“It was like a firing squad,” Middleton told PNJ from his bed at Baptist Hospital. “Bullets were flying everywhere.” “He was just coming home like he usually does. I don’t understand why they had to use so much force under the situation,” Walker Middleton’s mother, told Fox 10 News. “I don’t understand how they could fire so many shots at him. He wasn’t resisting or anything and he was at his own house.”

Walker said she later found 17 shell casings, and her Lincoln peppered with bullet holes.

Bullet holes pepper the white Lincoln Town Car that belongs to Middleton's mother, who said she found 17 shell casings in her carport. 

Neighbors and relatives describe Middleton as mild-mannered and law-abiding, and a teenage girl who witnessed the shooting said she did not see the 60-year-old provoke the incident.

“He wasn’t belligerent or anything,” the man was minding his own business in his own driveway.

Middleton is still trying to figure out why the confrontation happened in the first place.

“Even if they thought the car was stolen, all they had to do was run the license plate,” Middleton said. “They would have seen that car belonged there.”

Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting, and amid growing criticism, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan held a press conference Monday. According to Morgan, the two deputies said that Middleton “made a lunging motion” out of the car causing them to “fear for their safety.”

Middleton, Morgan said, “had a metallic object in his hand.” That object turned out to be a flashlight attached to Middleton’s key chain.

The bones in Middleton’s leg are shattered and he will require the implantation of a steel rod in order to walk, but is expected to make a full recovery.

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99 thoughts on “Florida sheriff’s deputies shoot unarmed black man in his own driveway!

  1. Sounds like its open season on the black men in Florida.
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    If you’re visiting Florida, stay away from Pensacola and Escambia County as if your lives depend on it, because it does.

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  2. on topic…this story is so fucked up i don’t even know where to start. for 1, i hope he sue the shit outta that police dept. he didn’t lunge @ they azzes they just needed a justification to shoot!

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  3. I can imagine what the cops said when they saw the man coming out of the car…”He’s Black… SHOOT!” Seems like it’s dangerous to be Black in Florida nowadays! Damn!

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  4. I hope y’all realize that nothing will happen to these ‘cops.’ Amadou Diallo was shot 41 times and not one of them went to jail. Just saying…

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  5. Look at the bullet riddled Cadillac? Trigger happy cops so willing to kill a black man on a drop.

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  6. something needs to be done about this shit. sounds like florida need a full investigation. smh

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  7. the neighbor must be a nervous nelly too to call the cops for suspecting a break-in. wtf? people crazy!

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  8. Florida ain’t no joke! It’s killing season on black folks. how many burglaries happened in that neighborhood? This is bullshit! How is it not even safe to go to your own car after dark.

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  9. GTFOH no excuse for this…those cops need to be re-trained or punished further for their negligence.

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  10. Hasty move stoopid and careless consequences. Cops should feel dumb! shooting an innocent man and now he’s handicap.

    WTF? Just dumb!

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  11. Careless, ruthless and stupid. Now this innocent man will be disabled due to their negligence. I pray he’ll get rich off the city, county and anyone else responsible.

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  12. let me understand this story right here. black man minding his OWN business, in his own motherfucking driveway, at his OWN home and he gets shot because a paranoid, stupid ass neighbor thinks it’s a robbery in progress? Then these trigger happy cops who got the ok from a Zimmerman verdict, shoot on spot and without warning. FUCKED UP!!!!

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  13. Thank God this man is alive! It’s a shame he’s handicap but thank God he’s alive.

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  14. “Even if they thought the car was stolen, all they had to do was run the license plate,” Middleton said. “They would have seen that car belonged there.”

    Exactly!!! Dumb asses.

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  15. The lesson here is do what you are told to do when stopped by the police….its not that hard….

    If he stayed in his car, showed them his hands and stated it was his house ,this all may have been avoided

    Its too bad that these cops shot this man, however simply following instructions may save your life…

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    • Wrong @ Angelhair, the cops should have run the damn license plates before they even drew their guns.

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      • Angelhair,
        Please STFU!!!! You always try to be the common denominator and odd man out up in here. You are annoying.

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      • The lesson here is do what you are told to do when stopped by the police….its not that hard….

        If he stayed in his car, showed them his hands and stated it was his house ,this all may have been avoided

        Its too bad that these cops shot this man, however simply following instructions may save your life…
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        Really? Amadou Diallo was shot 50 times in his own apartment doorway by NYPD cops! Basically, Black Men are killed first questions asked later. So follow instructions my ass!!!

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      • Really? Amadou Diallo was shot 50 times in his own apartment doorway by NYPD cops! Basically, Black Men are killed first questions asked later. So follow instructions my ass!!!
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        HOLLA

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      • It is amazing that there are some people who can defend Police Officer no matter what. These men fired 17 bullets at an unarmed man. Police Officers who are trained to identify danger and respond accordingly. Yet there are so many cases of unarmed black men getting shot. The same excuse is used all the time. He lunged at us! We thought it was a gun. His car started to move.

        It’s bullshit and an excuse to kill.

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      • Angel,
        Did you actually read the article STUPID? He said that he thought the neighbors were pulling a PRANK on him. *rolls eyes*

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      • @ Angelhair…I get the feeling that regardless of what he would have done you would have still supported the cops. The cops are the ones pointing a gun at him so the burden of proof should be on them. And this could have easily been accomplished had they ran the plates.

        It’s ironic that you should say Mr. Middleton should have simply followed instructions, but aren’t police officers trained to follow certain procedures too? But I guess it’s okay that they didn’t follow their procedures right?

        GTFOH!!

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      • Angelhair,

        Don’t you know the new rule???

        Black man + something in hand (whether it be skittles, garbage or keys) = instant criminal.

        Investigation or Probing required: NONE

        Force needed: hailstorm of bullets

        Please GTFOH with ya theory.

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  16. So why are they still being paid again, for what?? the neighbor is an idiot, i am sure she knew the man, oh and fear for their safety is now becoming old, tired and misused. bunch of sick idiots…get the fuck outta florida!

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  17. Now you know it’s pretty bad when a black man can’t even go to the store for a pack of cigarettes in the middle of the night at HIS own home without getting shot. Smh so fucked up

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  18. this nice looking man shot in his own driveway. what a got-damn shame!!!!!! i bet lawyers calling him left n right.

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  19. He wasn’t even “going” for a pack of cigarettes….according to the FL papers he went into the car to get one of his mother’s cigarettes…..scientists believe that within 50 years Florida is going to disappear – can’t be soon enough for me.

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  20. Now is the time for African-Americans to take our safety into our own hands as best as we can. Sad to say, but in this situation if the family had property surveillance some of the officers’ assertions would be visually disputed. As you and I know, since the officers are on paid leave instead of unpaid leave, the scale is weighing in the officers’ favor.

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  21. These situations will continue to happen as long as the cops know they can use those same tired excuses and the jury or the judge will accept it as a justifiable reason to let them walk. Until a family member gets tired of this and opens fire on a police station and cuts down a handful of officers, it will continue to happen. This country only seems to react when it is met w/ an equally violent outburst.

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  22. This poor man.
    i think the taxpayers need to complain to the FL Police Department and tell them to train their officers better. The sight of a black man not committing a crime makes cops trigger happy, even neighborhood watchmen trigger happy.

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  23. Wth is going on in Florida???
    Hide your kids Hide your wife cause they shooting every black on site down in Fl.!

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  24. wow……

    Thanks to the 5 white women on that jury, it’s open season on black males in Florida.

    I hope he sues the hell out of that police force.

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  25. They need to take those cops off of PAID leave, they’re going to need every penny to pay this man in damages.

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  26. PLEASE NAME THE LOW LIFE “NEIGHBORS” WHO CALLED THE FUZZ ON THIS POOR MAN.

    PLEASE PUT THAT “NEIGHBOR’S” FACE ON T.V. SO WE ALL KNOW WHO THEY ARE..SO THEY CAN FOREVER LIVE IN FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES LIKE THIS POOR OLD MAN!!!!!!

    PUT A “TARGET” ON THOSE PIGS WHO OPENED FIRE ON AN UNARMED OLD MAN

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  27. WTF? Raggedy ass cops had no right to shoot 17 rounds and shoot up the women’s car… and then they have the nerve to be on paid leave.. shooting an unarmed 60 year old man in his own yard and that racist neighbor knew what his/her stank a$$ was doing.. they know its open season on black people.. Florida and those racist bigot bastards that live there, Smh.

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      • The police need to be fired for using excessive force and YES they do need to sue….he needs to be compensated for his injures and they need a new vehicle.

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  28. I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE I’M READING THIS!!!! OMG!!!
    Cracker cops use the same lies to shoot black people… He lunged at us and I saw something in his hand.
    GTFOH!!!! Enough already!!!

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  29. Wow! I don’t even know where to begin… and the neighbor sounds dumb as hell. He was sitting in his car so that looks like a robbery? I could see if he was busting out windows. Then the cops just lit him up. They could of tased him instead. Fuck!!

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