Prince Jones

Prince Jones

September 1, 2000

Fairfax County, Virginia


What Happened: Prince Jones, an affluent 25 year old student at Howard University, was shot and killed by Cpl. Carlton B. Jones (no relation). Prince Jones was unarmed and driving a Jeep. The officer was undercover and followed Prince Jones for 15 miles in an unmarked vehicle. While not in uniform and not displaying a badge, the officer shot Prince Jones six times. The officer said later that he mistakenly thought that he was following someone else.


Charges: Criminal charges were not filed against Carlton Jones.


Aftermath: “In January [2006], a Circuit Court civil jury awarded $2.5 million in damages” to Prince Jones’ daughter. Author Ta-Nehisi Coates describes Prince Jones’ story in his book Between the World and Me. Learn more at sources below.


Sources: 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/25/AR2006092501456.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/2000/10/24/decision-on-officer-angers-family/edc1626f-fa4c-4a06-8d92-333f21341c9d/

https://ebwiki.org/cases/prince-jones