Leonard Cure, an African-American exonerated after spending 16 years in prison, dies after being shot by a police officer in Georgia | International
This Monday, Leonard Cure died after a police officer in Georgia shot him during a confrontation over an alleged traffic violation. Cure had been exonerated and released in 2020 after spending 16 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
The officer detained Cure, who is African-American, and shocked him after arguing with him. Cure turned and attacked the police officer, who tried to subdue him with a baton and then shot him. The family and legal team of the deceased man argue that the situation escalated on the part of the police officer and that the threat of a new imprisonment unleashed the detainee's aggression.
Cure had been released in April 2020, after the organization The Florida Innocence Project demonstrated with an ATM receipt that the accused was miles from the site where the robbery for which he was imprisoned had occurred.
The armed robbery in Dunia Beach on November 10, 2003 was carried out by a man with a revolver, who stole $1,700 in cash from a store. The descriptions of the two employees who witnessed the incident did not match.
Cure had received $817.00 in compensation for the wrongful conviction and was using that money to purchase a home. She had moved to Atlanta, where she had a job in security.
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