The mayor of Boynton Beach, Florida, is talking out concerning the demise of a 13-year outdated boy on a dust bike in an tried site visitors cease on Sunday. Police stated the boy was driving the filth bike recklessly when he “went down” on North Federal Highway.
Video obtained by CBS affiliate WPEC reveals the boy, Stanley Davis Jr., pulling up at a close-by Chevron fuel station shortly earlier than the incident. He goes inside to pay, sporting his helmet. Then he rides away and a police car follows him down the road.
Davis rides out of body, then circles again, turning north, with the police car shut behind.
About three blocks later, Davis was lifeless.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol incident report, Davis was driving northbound on U.S. Highway 1 when he misplaced management of his filth bike and hit the curb of the median. The impression despatched him right into a one-way signal within the median earlier than touchdown within the street.
The Boynton Beach Police Department stated the police car concerned was not geared up with a dashcam.
“At this point in the preliminary investigation, I have not seen any evidence or heard any witness testimony that states the officer’s vehicle came in contact with the dirt bike,” Police Chief Michael G. Gregory stated at a briefing Sunday.
Davis’ heartbroken father, Stanley Davis Sr., described his son in an interview with the station as “a great football player, great big brother, loving son. All-around perfect kid, never had any issues with him.”
Mayor Steven B. Grant went to the scene on Sunday and spoke with neighborhood members who had been each unhappy and indignant concerning the boy’s demise.
“My statement to them was we should not blame the police department for the actions of an individual officer; however, the city and police are responsible,” Grant stated Monday in an interview with WPEC.
Davis was Black, and given the town’s historical past, the mayor stated he understands why some consider race performed a job on this tragedy.
“The situation that created this didn’t happen just yesterday, this is an aspect of how the city has treated parts of the city for decades, even before I was mayor. So the city is trying to work with the community to get a resolution so that it’s safer for everyone,” Grant stated.
The police officer is on paid depart whereas the Florida Highway Patrol conducts its investigation.
The division’s pursuit coverage states that an officer can solely chase a suspect in the event that they consider the particular person dedicated a forcible felony. Whether the officer violated division coverage on this incident continues to be below investigation, WPEC reported.