Cocoa City Council to draft letter to State Attorney on teen shooting case

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Cocoa City Council to draft letter to State Attorney on teen shooting case

COCOA, Fla. – Cynthia Green made a passionate plea when she burst into tears Tuesday night at Cocoa Town Hall asking for justice for the death of her son, who was one of two teenagers who was diagnosed by a Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy last year during a traffic obstruction were fatally shot.

“I want to know why I haven’t heard from the sheriff (office),” Green told city officials. “I want to know what my people are doing to help us. I need a little help here. I can’t do it alone. “

Green’s adoptive son, 18-year-old Sincere Pierce, and friend Angelo “AJ” Crooms, 16, were killed in an encounter with a sheriff’s deputy on November 13, 2020 and forwarded their findings to District Attorney Phil Archer February 5 , News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

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Archer’s office has not yet announced a decision whether to bring charges on the case, which is causing frustration and confusion for family members like Green.

“I don’t care if it costs my last penny, I’ll make sure that my son gets the justice he deserves,” Green told the city council on Tuesday with tears and sobs.

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Mayor Michael Blake and others told Green that the Cocoa city government had no power to force a prosecutor’s response, but said they wanted to help.

The Council unanimously decided to draft a letter asking for an update of the case. City council members expect the letter to be written this week and reviewed at a meeting on Friday at 3:00 p.m.

“There are only general requests for some responses on behalf of the family,” said Cocoa Deputy Mayor Alex Goins. “We will ask the prosecutor to at least communicate. This is what we need so that they can take some comfort in what is going on. “

AJ, Pierce, and Jaquan Kimbrough-Rucker, 20, drove through Pierce’s quiet Cocoa neighborhood in a car late morning November 13th. Family members and lawyers said it was owned by AJ’s girlfriend. Two marked Brevard sheriff vehicles pulled up behind them with no flashing lights, and MPs stepped out of their vehicles with guns drawn.

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Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey said MPs tried to stop traffic in response to what they thought was a stolen car.

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The dashcam video shows 34-year-old Deputy Jafet Santiago-Miranda, his gun pointed at the vehicle and walking towards the car.Officials and Kimbrough-Rucker later said AJ was, turned the wheel and slowly moved forward. The sole survivor told FLORIDA TODAY they played their music loudly and couldn’t hear what the MPs were saying.

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Ivey said Santiago-Miranda shot the vehicle and repeatedly hit the front and driver’s side after it turned towards him.

Crooms and Pierce were shot.

Attorney Natalie Jackson, who represents Pierce’s adoptive mother, said the teen did not drive up to the surrogate, claiming the incident stemmed from a false identity case.

Ivey said two guns were found in or around the car. As far as he knew, Kimbrough-Rucker said there were no weapons in the car.