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Officer who shot and paralysed unarmed black teen promoted

UNARMED: Dontrell Stephens was left paralysed after he was shot by a police officer

A FLORIDA police officer who shot and paralysed an unarmed cyclist in 2013 has been promoted.

Adam Lin, a deputy with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Officer, was promoted to sergeant yesterday (Jul 1), according to a WPBF.

The promotion comes two years after he shot and paralysed 20-year-old Dontrell Stephens, four seconds after stopping the cyclist and getting out of his patrol car.

Lin said Stephens didn’t comply with orders to raise his hands and reached into his back waistband, prompting him to shoot.

But Stephens had only mobile phone in his hands.

He was left paralysed from the waist down.

Most of the incident was captured on video. Exclusively-obtained dash-cam video shows Stephens, who was 18 at the time, talking on a mobile phone while riding his bike on a Friday morning in September 2013.

He can be seen turning onto Norma Elaine Road near Haverhill Road and Okeechobee Boulevard as PBSO deputy Lin trails him.

CRIMINAL PAST: Stephens has a criminal record for
possessing cocaine

Moments later, Stephens realises he’s being followed. He pulls over, gets off his bike with the phone in his right hand and walks toward the deputy.

For approximately four seconds Stephens is out of frame only to be seen again when being shot four times.

Stephens, who has a criminal record for possessing cocaine, is seen running from the bullets then dropping to the ground.

The video, exclusively obtained by WPTV NewsChannel 5 and The Palm Beach Post as part of a joint investigation into police shootings, was released as part of a federal wrongful death lawsuit

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (PBSO) cleared Lin of any wrongdoing in the incident.

Stephens has sued Lin and PBSO in federal court.

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