On April 28, 2012 AB lifted off at Boston’s Logan International Airport and landed sometime after 8:000 p.m. at Daytona Beach International – very pregnant with a son. She was to visit the father of her child who stood waiting with a pair of new sneakers she liked as a gift.
Within minutes of the reunion, over 40 bullets are exchanged between police and AB’s boyfriend, MJ. AB will be shot by an officer, paralyzing her and endangering the life of her unborn child. Two years later, Ms. AB is unable to care for her own son; and her son’s father, a wanted felon at the time of the shooting, is in prison for 30 years.
After investigating the incident, a violent exchange of gunfire between Jones and at least 3 Daytona police officers, the Florida State Attorney General’s Office has cleared the officers involved as well as the Daytona Police Department from any responsibility. Unfortunately, AB, an innocent bystander, still remains paralyzed in Massachusetts, without her child and still carries the officer’s slug in her spine.
Where is the Justice for AB?
H. Drew Romanovitz, a Massachusetts attorney sees this case as “a glaring omission of justice for the innocent woman involved in this case.” After being consulted and retained by Ms. Bailey, Attorney Romanovitz along with Florida Attorney John Phillips, are now moving the case to the federal level and have amended the suit to include the City of Daytona Beach.
“We all understand MJ was armed, did not follow orders from officers and at the very least returned fire on the officers,” says Attorney Romanovitz. “The problem is basic officer training protocols demand handling these situations differently when unarmed innocents are involved. A pregnant woman sitting in a car should not have to fear for her life or the life of her child. Ms. B now needs constant medical care, has mounting bills, she cannot work, rarely has contact with her son, and no one in a position of responsibility in this case is helping her. She has rights and it’s our job to see she receives help.”
While this may not be an indictment on police shootings in general, questions need to be asked when innocent bystanders are injured or even killed. When police make a decision to chase a car, countless radio recordings will show the public at large to be of paramount concern before the chase continues. How is this any different? The victim here never showed a gun, just sat in the car, was shot, and her life was shattered along with her spine.
Attorneys Romanovitz and Phillips show no signs of quitting until justice for the innocent is at the front of any matter involving unnecessary and unjustified injury or death. AB deserves better, and these attorneys will see she gets it.