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Unarmed Volusia County Florida Man Shot and Killed by Deputy over a Pot Investigation

Here is yet another outrageous event that should never have happened, on several levels. A 26-year old Deltona, FL man was shot in the face by a deputy during a drug investigation, which was being conducted in regard to crimes involving marijuana. The victim, Derek Cruise, was taken to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in nearby Orange City, where he died.

Just after 6:30 am Wednesday morning, Volusia County Sheriffs Deputies were serving a narcotics search warrant on a home in the 800 block of Maybrook Drive, when 36-year old deputy Todd Raible perceived Cruise as a threat and shot him while he stood unarmed in the doorway. What did they find in the home during their deadly narcotics search of toxic substances? Just over 7.5 ounces of marijuana, along with a scale, pipes, baggies and almost $3,000 in cash. So, this young man, who granted, appears to have been selling pot, was killed by another trigger happy member of law enforcement. If marijuana would finally be removed from its current classification as a narcotic, this killing would never have happened.

People at Anastasia Date have heard that , Friday morning, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was met by a group of demonstrators, who gathered in protest to the shooting of the unarmed Cruise by the deputy. Outraged emails, texts and tweets have also been pouring into the sheriff’s office. “All of you have blood on your hands! There’s no denying it,” was one of the messages received, while another said, “The shooting is of great concern to me, as it seems your deputies have decided that Deltona is the Wild Wild West.”

Advocate the legalization of pot, medically and recreationally to avoid another useless killing.