Jamee Johnson’s family files lawsuit against the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The family of a 22-year-old Florida A&M University student who was shot dead in a traffic obstruction in Jacksonville in December 2019 is filing a lawsuit against the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office.

Prosecutors released a report and video with a body camera in July 2020 from an investigation into the shooting of Jamee Johnson by officials. The office recommended that the shooting be considered justified.

According to a press release from the Johnson family attorneys, an eyewitness said Jamee was unarmed when he surrendered to JSO officers. The release also claims it is clear that Jamee was killed while surrendering to law enforcement.

“The evidence reviewed to make such a determination was available to JSO and the prosecution during their investigation,” the press release said. “However, both companies made a conscious choice to ignore and believe the evidence in this case [the officer’s] Actions justified. This evidence will be made available to the public. “

According to a Jax report from Action News, the body cam footage begins with Officer Josue Garriga pulling Jamee over for missing a seat belt. Jamee then told Garriga that he had a gun in the car; However, he did not have a concealed carry permit.

Garriga asked Jamee to get out of the car. Eventually Jamee got back into his car before a fight, and then he was shot. Body cam video showed a gun in the center console after the fight. Police also said Jamee had four times the amount of marijuana in his car, the Action News Jax report said.

You can view some of the JSO body cam footage publicly posted below.


The lawsuit also lists Garriga and the City of Jacksonville as defendants.

The family will hold a press conference at the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel at 1:00 p.m. Friday to officially announce the lawsuit.

Below is a PDF of the prosecutor’s report on the shooting.

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