State Attorney’s Office Fires Back at Critics to Release FDLE Report Amid Ongoing Review in BCSO Fatal Shooting
By Space Coast Daily // April 20, 2021
18th Judicial Circuit: We have reached the final stages of our review
ABOVE VIDEO: BCSO deputies Jafet Santiago-Miranda and Carson Hendren were involved in an Officer-Involved Shooting that resulted in the deaths of 16-year-old Angelo Crooms and 18-year-old Sincere Pierce.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The State Attorney’s Office of the 18th Judicial Circuit issued a statement about the release of the FDLE report on the BCSO deadly shooting investigation that happened last November.
The statement reiterated previous statements that the investigation report would be used for additional information and help complete a full review of the events that took place.
Below is the statement made by a spokesperson with the State Attorney’s Office:
“On February 10, 2021, our office announced we had received the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s investigative report surrounding the November 13, 2020, use of deadly force by Brevard County Deputy Jafet Santiago Miranda resulting in the deaths of Sincere Pierce and Angelo Crooms.
At that time, we stated there was no timeline for completion and our office would conduct an exhaustive inquiry into the information provided, as well as pursue any investigative leads or information uncovered during that process. Since then, prosecutors have worked diligently toward the completion of that review.
We have avoided commenting publicly on the review due to the possibility of creating speculation in the media, as well as the emotional toll this type of commentary takes on everyone touched by this tragedy.
With the receipt of a letter sent to us by the Cocoa City Council yesterday, and today’s press conference by Justice Brevard, we believe it’s important to dispel concerns that our office is unresponsive and hasn’t communicated with the Pierce and Crooms families.
Our attorneys have been communicating with the legal representatives of both families since receiving the FDLE investigation on February 5, 2021. This ongoing line of communication was the result of honoring our legal obligation after we were placed on notice that the families were represented by counsel.
We have reached the final stages of our review and we will continue to maintain our policy of not discussing the case publicly, while that process is underway.”