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Sep. 11, 2010 — Callahan

On the night of Sept., 11, 2010, Deputy Ernie Cole shot and killed Franklin Bodden, 39.

Deputy Cole, who had second-hand information that Bodden would be traveling through Callahan with marijuana in his possession, had stopped Bodden's motorcycle for speeding.

The two had a calm, polite conversation. As Cole was patting down passenger Anthony Weeks, a plastic baggie fell from his pants. At the same time, a civilian who was riding along with Cole began to shout and point at Bodden's left hand. Read more

Cole said he saw Bodden pull a silver object that looked like a "Saturday Night Special" from his pocket. As he shouted commands, the deputy shot Bodden twice, killing him.

The object turned out to be a misdemeanor quantity packet of marijuana. The motorcycle was later searched. Two digital scales, a Fentanyl patch and four photos of marijuana plants were found.

Bodden's family sued in federal court but the judge ruled Cole was reasonably in fear for his life when he fired. An appeals court agreed.

"It was a senseless shooting," Anthony Weeks told the Florida Times-Union.

This was the 72nd police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Boynton Beach .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Delray Beach .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Police thought Bodden, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.
  2. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Bodden's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  3. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Bodden for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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