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May 28, 2012 — Miami

At 3:30 a.m., Officer Luis Perez tried to stop a teen dressed in black and with a bulge under his clothes.

According to police, Sebastian Gregory, 16, ignored commands and continued walking. Perez, who said he recognized Gregory as a member of a gang, made another attempt and ordered Gregory to the ground.

Perez noticed that the bulge was a silver, metallic object. Gregory reached for the object and Perez fired, striking Gregory nine times in the back. Read more

The object was an aluminum baseball bat. Gregory, who survived, said he used it for protection against bullies. Gregory’s parents filed a federal lawsuit against the county and Officer Perez.

The state attorney cleared Perez.

According to the lawsuit, Gregory hanged himself in January 2016. His parents are continuing the lawsuit.

This was the 53rd police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Miami .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Cocoa Beach .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Gregory did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Gregory was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  3. Gregory was armed with a blunt/bludgeoning weapon. Only nine other people were armed the same way.
  4. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Gregory's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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