In a scenario that is as old as this nation, a Black man was hospitalized after being shot by the police in Mesquite, Texas, for, get this, sitting in his own vehicle after accidentally setting off his alarm.
The man, Lyndo Jones, 31, of Dallas, who was shot twice, including in the abdomen, has no health insurance after he was apparently fired following the shooting, according to his aunt Ida Jones. His aunt started a YouCaring page to help pay rehabilitation costs and legal fees. By Friday evening, the page had raised $5,474 of their $50,000 goal.
“[H]is supervisor told him he has ‘no place of employment,’” Ida Jones wrote on the YouCaring page. “Therefore, no financial means of handling the care he received in the hospital for his injuries nor the caring of his children.”
The incident began about 7 p.m. on November 8, when police received a 911 call about a vehicle break in. When police arrived at the scene, officer Derick Wiley thought Jones was the burglary suspect. Things escalated quickly and Wiley fired at Jones, who tried to run from the scene, police said.
Jones’ attorney, Lee Merritt, wrote on Facebook that while hospitalized at Baylor Medical Plaza, Jones was chained to his hospital bed and denied visits from his family and lawyers.
Jones has since been released from the hospital and his aunt noted that he has a long road toward recovery. Police have dropped an evading arrest misdemeanor charge against Jones. And Wiley has been placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation into the shooting.