Last Saturday Police in Jacksonville, Florida were working under cover, selling drugs and busting users. When they went over to 81 year old Issac Singletary’s front yard and started up he tried to run them off his property, apparantly threatening them with his .38 revolver.
Problem is, rather than the police getting the hell off his property, they pulled their weapons and killed him.
Witnesses and some police accounts indicate Singletary thought the officers were actual drug dealers and that he was trying to remove them from his property with the assistance of a .38 caliber handgun.
Some of Singletary’s gunshots hit a tree in the yard, according to police, but none of the officers were hit.
Police said Singletary was shot at least once before going to his backyard, where police shot him again after ordering him to drop his weapon.
Singletary, whom witnesses initially misidentified as Isaac Evans, is a man people in the neighborhood off Philips Highway know simply as “Pops.” He stayed outside most days, sitting in a lawn chair or, if it rained, passing the time inside his dark blue Ford F-150 that remained parked in the driveway Sunday.
Singletary had a reputation in the neighborhood for chasing drug dealers off his lawn, family and neighbors said.
“I never would have thought he would have gotten shot by a police officer,” said niece Sheree Bea. “I thought if he ever got shot it would have been in a confrontation with a drug dealer.”
Family members said Singletary was a retired maintenance man from Winter Park who moved to Jacksonville in the 1980s to take care of his ailing mother and sister. On Feb. 15, he would have turned 81.
Frankly I find it unbelievable that these officers killed an 81 year old man on his own damn yard, when they know they were actually selling drugs on his property! In fact, they had to follow him into his backyard to actually do the murder!
If some old guy threatens you for selling drugs on his lawn – get the hell out of there! If you’re worried about it, call in some uniformed officers to calm the situation down. And if he starts shooting at you, run and hide! He’s obviously only dangerous to drug dealers, which means he’s on the same side of the law as you are!
I hope the city, and the officers, get the hell sued out of them. Additionally, whoever was in charge should lose their job.