F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association
In the nearly three and a half years that have passed since the senseless and tragic killing of Corey Jones by former police officer Nouman Raja, his family, friends, and the community have been longing for truth and justice. On March 7, 2019, the truth was revealed and justice finally prevailed. After an eight-day trial and a stellar prosecution featuring FMCBA members Chief Assistant State Attorney Adrienne Ellis and Assistant State Attorney Alexcia Cox, a jury found Raja guilty of one count of armed manslaughter and one count of 1st degree attempted murder. As a result of his conviction, Raja faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. While this is a victory the community can be proud of, we still have a far way to go. The killing of innocent and/or unarmed black men by police officers has been neglected and ignored for far too long in this country. Even with this verdict, Raja is the first officer in the State to be convicted of an on-duty shooting in 30 years. Nevertheless, we must embrace the victories when they come and continue to call out the injustices when they rear their ugly heads. The F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association hopes and prays that the family and friends of Corey Jones find peace, closure, and the strength to move forward in the healing process. May we all “Keep the Beat Alive” in remembrance of Corey Jones.
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