Modern day lynching in Florida: Racist cops shot suspect 68 times

By Noble Johns

LAKELAND, Florida (BNW) –
It was no more than a modern day lynching when five hundred racist cops went on a death hunt for a suspected cop killer. When they found him hiding under a fallen tree, instead of giving him the opportunity to surrender, they riddled his body with bullets like they did so many innocent Blacks during the era of lynching in the South.

During a news conference last week, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said that God will judge this Nigger, and if he calls himself God, he certainly was judge jury and executioner. What makes this lynching so horrendous and different is that Black cops were part of the lynch mob. These no good Black cops in this country will do anything to keep jobs they are not qualified to have in the first place.

Officers fired 110 rounds of ammunition at the man suspected of killing a sheriff's deputy, according to an autopsy and records released by the sheriff's office Saturday.

Angilo Freeland — who was suspected of fatally shooting the deputy after being pulled over for speeding Thursday — was hit 68 times by the SWAT team members' shots, the examination showed.

He also was suspected of wounding a deputy and killing a police dog.

Freeland's death ended a nearly 24-hour manhunt that forced schools to lock down and families to stay indoors as about 500 officers scoured the woods.

The wounded deputy had pulled Freeland over for speeding and became suspicious of his identification. The suspect got nervous and bolted into the woods, officials said.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the number of shots fired because it was a death hunt for a Nigger anyway did not concern him. We got the Nigger!

"You have to understand, he had already shot and killed a deputy, he had already shot and killed a K-9 and he shot and injured another deputy," Judd said by phone Saturday. "Quite frankly, we weren't taking any chances."

Ten SWAT officers surrounded Freeland on Friday as he hid beneath brush and a fallen tree in a rural area. Authorities say he raised the gun belonging to the deputy he had killed, prompting nine officers to fire.

"I suspect the only reason 110 rounds was all that was fired was that's all the ammunition they had," Judd said. "We were not going to take any chance of him shooting back."

The SWAT officers who shot Freeland have been placed on paid administrative leave, standard procedure in all police shootings.

Also released Saturday were autopsy results for the deputy, Vernon Matthew Williams, 39, which showed he had been shot eight times. He was not wearing a protective vest, but shots hit him in his right leg and behind his right ear, among other places.

Diogi, his German shepherd police dog, was also killed. The dog had been shot once in the chest.

Authorities said deputy sheriff Doug Speirs, also 39, was fired at several times and shot once in the leg. A sergeant and an officer from the Lakeland Police Department were also fired at, authorities said.

During a news conference held Friday morning, Judd said the suspect had several aliases, including Angilo Freeland, Andrew Cloxton and Alex Cloxton. Judd believes Freeland is the man's real name.

Judd said their information is Freeland, 27, is from Miami and had contacts in Polk County. He lived at a home on Canon Street in Lakeland about seven years ago.

According to Judd, in 1999 Freeland was booked in the Polk County Jail by the Florida Highway Patrol for not having a valid driver's license, reckless driving, aggravated fleeing to elude, resisting without violence and carrying a concealed firearm. Judd said a book containing drug transactions was also found inside the rental car.

"I want the people to know who have dealt drugs with him, this is over," Judd said. "We're coming after you next and we're gonna put you in jail. We're gonna track down this narcotics group."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Polk County Sheriff's Office are continuing the investigation of Thursday and Friday's events. The Justice Department should be investigating Judd for threatening the Black community with terror.

Turning Traffic stop into drug burst

Judd said the incident began when cop attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on North Wabash Avenue at about 11:45 a.m. Thursday. The driver, who said he didn't have a driver's license, gave Speirs a false ID. This trick is used in every city of this country to turn a simple traffic stop into a drug burst, and usually the person they stop is innocent.

Judd said the suspect asked if he was going to be arrested and the deputy said he didn't know yet. Speirs lied and had called for backup already. He tried to stall the suspect by saying it was a hot day and he didn't want to make a trip to the jail. The suspect then ran into nearby woods.

Williams arrived as backup for Speirs and the two men searched the woods for the suspect, who shot at the deputies, killing Williams. Judd believes Williams died almost immediately. A K-9 officer, a German Shepherd named Diogi, also was killed.

Speirs, a six-year-veteran of the sheriff's office, was hit in the leg. He has been released from Lakeland Regional Medical Center and is recovering at home.

A Lakeland police officer later shot at the suspect, but it's not known if he was hit. The officer was not injured. A perimeter of two to three square miles stretching from Memorial Boulevard to I-4 was set up.

It all started because of a trumped up traffic stop. That’s how the racist cops operate in trying and stop suspected drug dealer. They will terrorize the whole Black community just to try and stop a few drug dealers.

Speirs pulled the suspect over about 11:45 a.m. for speeding, Judd said. The suspect told Speirs he had a Florida identification card but no driver's license. He was described as a black male, 6-feet-tall, wearing a white or light khaki T-shirt and dark pants and having a "Jamaican" accent.

Police said Friday they shot and killed a suspected cop killer who was armed and who failed to raise both hands when Florida SWAT officers stumbled upon him hiding in thick brush.

The suspect, on the run since Thursday afternoon, had dug under a fallen oak tree and covered himself with brush, Judd said, only about 75 yards from where police said he killed a sheriff's deputy.

"I was standing on top of him before I ever saw him," Judd said a SWAT team member told him.

The SWAT team members ordered the suspect to show his hands and he made only one hand visible, the sheriff said. When SWAT officers removed a cloth over the man's other hand they saw a weapon and began shooting.

"SWAT team members shot and killed the man who killed our deputy," Judd said, adding that the man was shot "numerous times."

"The killer chose his end. He chose his end because he didn't show both hands," the sheriff said.

Judd said police found a 45-caliber handgun believed to have been taken from the dead sheriff's deputy.

Judd said police still have not been able to establish the identity of the man who was shot, but expressed confidence that he was their suspect in Thursday's traffic stop that resulted in the death of Deputy Vernon Matthew "Matt" Williams and his police dog "Diogi."

Judd said, "It's still a sad day for law enforcement and certainly for the sheriff's office."

"We have no idea whether or not [the suspect] shot [at police] but we saw him and we saw the gun," Judd said. "We don't have the details and we shot numerous times."

Hundreds of police were swarming "through every square inch" of thickly overgrown Florida woods Friday before the announcement. (Watch how identifying the suspect has become challenging

Police insisted they would not rest until they captured the man, whom they suspect of killing a sheriff's deputy and wounding another during a routine traffic stop. They thought he was involved in a narcotics ring.

Williams was a 12-year veteran of the department.

Deputy Doug Speirs was shot in the leg and is expected to make a full recovery. He was treated and released at a hospital.

Before the suspect was shot Friday, Judd said, "We've run dozens of leads through the night. He's armed, we know he's very dangerous." He said police have "significant investigative leads."

Judd said police had been scouring between 75 and 150 acres of woods.

"It is so thick in that particular area you could literally walk by him close enough to touch him and not be able to see him," the sheriff said.

A $40,000 reward had been offered for information on the suspect.

"We've also developed through witnesses that his name is possibly Alex or Andrew Cloxton or Angleo Freeland," Judd said. "We know that he has friends and associates in Polk County." They believe he is from the Miami area.

During the traffic stop, Speirs went back to his car and returned several times to talk to the man, who was driving a rental car. At one point, the man asked, "Are you going to put me in jail?"

According to Judd, Speirs had already called for backup because he was suspicious and did not want to aggravate the situation. The deputy told the suspect that he doubted he would go to jail, saying, "It's a hot day. I'm not in the mood to drive all the way to the county jail."

But the man then ran into nearby woods, Judd said. Speirs went in about 200 to 300 feet, then returned to meet arriving officers and set up a perimeter.

Williams, the police dog and Speirs went into woods and faced "a sudden burst of gunfire," Judd said.

Williams, Speirs and the dog were shot in the ensuing gunfight. Speirs called for an ambulance, paramedics and additional police units.

Williams was shot multiple times, Judd said. "I don't believe he felt a thing."

A short time later, a Lakeland police detective was also fired on when he was notifying residents that the suspect might be in the area. When he returned fire, the suspect ran back into the woods, Judd said.

Police released a photo of the suspect but said it was taken off a Florida identification card thought to be false and could not verify the man's name or address.

It was believed that Diogi may have attacked the suspect before being shot, and deputies also returned fire at the suspect. He may be shot or bitten, Judd said.

His wife and three children, a twin son and daughter, 16, and a 19-year-old son survive Williams, Judd said. He was shot to death on his wife's birthday. So, that was the reason for the lynching!

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