Orlando, Florida Police Officer Anthony Wongshue responded to a shoplifting call at the Colonial Plaza Shopping Center on May 08, 2018, where he met up with Officer Juan Abreu. They observed two people in a minivan and the two approached on opposite sides of the van. At some point when the two officers were trying to talk the driver out of the vehicle, the van speeds off making a sharp right turn almost crushing Officer Wongshue against another vehicle.
As Officer Wongshue is being pushed back with one arm inside the vehicle he instinctively fires several rounds into the driver. In one video a third officer can be seen jumping from in front of the van and was nearly hit by the vehicle as it sped out of the parking spot.
The driver of the minivan was 32-year-old Juan Silva and he was killed by Officer Wongshue. Officer Wongshue was initially indicted on manslaughter charges but the charge was later dropped after both officers involved were cleared of any wrongdoing by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and an internal investigation by their police department.
This past Wednesday however, at a meeting of the Orlando Citizens Review board, the members heard testimony from an attorney representing the family of Juan Silva who argued that there has to be something other than the vehicle according to the Orlando Police Departments’s policy that they are threatened with for them to be justified in using deadly force.
Officer Wongshue has been with the Orlando Police Department for about 18 years now and this rejection by the review board is likely to make the next couple years of his life an uncertain mess.
The shooting might seem questionable to the layman and even the professional could make a reasonable argument why it was a bad shoot but the Supreme Wise ones have ruled more than once on the issue of trying to get into another person’s mind in these situations… You may not think the officer had reason to fear for his life watching the video repeatedly from the comfort of your living room chair but in that instant, based on what Officer Wongshue was dealing with only he knows if he truly felt his life was in danger of serious bodily injury or death… And the law doesn’t say he has to prove the danger actually existed, only that he thought it did… You and I can’t answer that…
If we learn of any updates in the future we will keep you posted in the case… It’s a rough time to be a police officer though… They are getting no support from their local administrations and that is a bad thing… Some may not think so right now, but in the end, everyone will realize it is a bad thing…
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