Nouman Raja

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Service Record

Agency Atlantis Florida Police Department
Rank Officer, Sergeant (2014)[1][2]
Dates of Service May 2008 - April 2015[3]
Salary $65,332 [4]
Last Known Status Retired
Agency Palm Beach Gardens Florida Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service April 2015[5] - November 12, 2016[6]
Salary $51897 (2015)[2]
Last Known Status Terminated[6]

Incident Reports

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2011 Car Chase

In September 2011, Raja was disciplined for a car chase that "should have been terminated." The report in his personnel file stated that "other steps can be taken in the apprehension that does not involve endangering the public."[3]

2013 Control of Evidence

In January 2013, Raja confiscated pills from a woman who obtained them without a prescription. The pills were discovered in Raja's patrol car more than a week later. "Officer Raja said he never did the report and he never secured the evidence," his sergeant wrote in the file.[7]

Also in 2013, and possibly from the same incident, Raja received a written reprimand for repeatedly "mishandling" evidence and paperwork, and was called "derelict" in his duties for "careless handling of the documented cases."[3]

2014 Excessive Force Complaint

In January 2014, Raja was dealing with a mentally ill patient at a local hospital. While Raja was holding the patient down, the patient bit Raja's ring finger and would not let go. "Officer Raja struck the patient to her right cheek and to her chin with his right first until she released her bite."[3]

Department Response

The department found that the use of force was founded.[3]

2014 Excessive Force Complaint

In April 2014, Raja was trying to control a mentally ill patient at a local hospital. The patient went to kick Raja for a third time, and he "struck her twice to the facial area with a his (sic) closed fist."[3]

Department Response

The department found that the use of force was founded.[3]

2014 Complaint

In June 2014, Raja found a man walking out of the woods near a local hospital screaming, "I am gonna kill you". Raja initially drew his firearm, but switched to his Taser after realizing that the man was unarmed.[3]

2015 Death of Corey Jones

Department Response

On November 12, 2016, Raja was fired.[6]

Legal Action

On June 1, 2016, Raja was arrested and charged with Attempted First Degree Murder with a Firearm, which is a Life Felony punishable by up to life in prison, and Manslaughter by Culpable Negligence, which is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.[8]

On July 6, 2016, Jones' family sued Raja and the department, accusing the city of negligence, battery, and use of force, and Raja of battery and use of excessive force.[9]

On March 7, 2019, Raja was convicted of manslaughter while armed and attempted first-degree murder. Raja was the first Florida law enforcement officer in 30 years to be convicted of an on-duty shooting.[10]

On April 25, 2019, Raja was sentenced to 25 years for each charge, to be served concurrently.[11]

Raja appealed, claiming that a defendant should not be convicted of both manslaughter and attempted murder in the shooting of a single person.[12]

On April 28, 2021, the Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld the lower court's decision.[13][14]

Raja appealed.[12]

On November 5, 2021, the Florida Supreme Court rejected the appeal.[12][15][16]

References

  1. Marc Freeman, The Corey Jones killing: What you need to know for ex-cop's trial, Sun Sentinel, 2019-02-13
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kate Jacobson, Corey Jones, Nouman Raja on different paths, but met in deadly encounter, Sun Sentinel, 2015-10-23
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Lynda Figueredo, Officer Raja cited for mishandling of cases and use of force, CBS 12, 2016-03-14
  4. Nouman Raja K. City Of Atlantis, govSalaries
  5. Police: Officer who shot Corey Jones wearing plain clothes and driving unmarked car, CBS 12, 2016-03-14
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Marc Freeman, Wrongful death lawsuit adds claims against ex-cop Raja, city, Sun Sentinel, 2016-09-16
  7. Jon Swaine, Corey Jones shooting: officer involved had previous suspension threat, The Guardian, 2015-10-20
  8. Victoria Price, Ex-cop Nouman Raja arrested in fatal shooting of church musician Corey Jones, CBS 12, 2016-06-01
  9. Gary Detman, Family of Corey Jones files wrongful death lawsuit, CBS12, 2016-07-06
  10. Terry Spencer, Jury finds Nouman Raja guilty of manslaughter and attempted first-degree murder, WPTV, 2019-03-07
  11. Michelle Quesada, Former police officer Nouman Raja sentenced in 2015 shooting death of Corey Jones, WPTV, 2019-04-25
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Peter Burke, Florida Supreme Court rejects appeal of Nouman Raja conviction, WPTV, 2021-11-09
  13. Scott Sutton, Ex-Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja loses appeal in Corey Jones killing, WPTV, 2021-04-28
  14. Raja v State, District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida Fourth District, 2021-03-28
  15. Raja v State Respondent's Brief, Florida Supreme Court, 2021-09-08
  16. Raja v State Opinion, Florida Supreme Court, 2021-11-05