A deaf man was shot by Volusia County sheriff’s deputy Joel Hernandez and the excuse the killer cop gave boils down to the fact that he was talking too loud.
Now Deputy Hernandez was under investigation for fatally shooting Edward P. Miller, police sources say. But since then officials have decided to let him off the hook with no charges.
The Sheriff’s department tells us that Hernandez was responding to an unrelated matter at Fryer’s Towing when he over heard a verbal disagreement between Miller and an employee of Fryer’s Towing.
Sheriff Ben Johnson said that Miller was in legal possession of a holstered firearm. This was not in violation of any law, and Hernandez has had to contend with that in developing his narrative of the events.
Our friends from The Free Thought Project reported last Fall that “Edward Miller and his son Edward Jr. went to Fryer’s towing Friday to settle a dispute about a towed vehicle.”
The police report explains the following details…
Darice Podgorski-Beneddix, 44, an employee at Fryer’s, reported to Daytona police officers that the elder Miller “was being rude and yelling at her.”
The elder Miller said he “may have been yelling due to him being hard of hearing however in no way was he trying to be rude.”
Employee Erik Stewart, 51, told Podgorski-Beneddix that the younger Miller “had a gun holstered on his right side hip.”
Podgorski-Beneddix then called for police assistance “out of fear for their safety,” according to the report.
Officers determined the younger Miller had an up-to-date concealed weapons license to carry the gun, and it was returned to him.
The report goes on to state that the Millers were told that if they come back with the “correct amount of money,” their vehicle would be returned to them.
Free Thought reports that a Daytona Beach police report says that “Miller was being rude and yelling because he was upset about the fees for his car.”
This is still not a crime.
But that’s when the employees allegedly told the police they were “in fear for their safety” because Miller was legally armed, according to the police report.
The report even acknowledged that Miller told the officer the reason he was “yelling” was unintentional, and not because he was trying to be disorderly, but because he was deaf and could not gauge how loud he was being as well as the officer apparently demanded.
The police report notes that Miller had a valid license to carry the firearm and that he had not done anything to draw the weapon, or imply that he was going to draw it. In short, he broke no law other than the officer accusing him of being disorderly for “talking too loudly”.
Eye-witnesses tell us that Miller was shot while sitting inside an SUV. They add that the windows were in fact rolled up when the deputy opened fire.
Have you heard about this in the national, mainstream media? Why do you think they are refusing to report on this case of police murder, even when the officer is being investigated for criminal wrong-doing?