Two St. John’s County, FL, sherriff’s deputies invoked a little-known provision of the Florida “Baker Act”—-which allows for involuntary incarceration of persons with suicidal ideation—-to allow for “capital incarceration.” That is, they shot a reported suicide risk several times with assault rifles until he was dead. This is believed to be a more cost-effective way of dealing with the mentally ill, especially since the governor’s own chain of hospitals got caught emptying the cookie jar of tens of millions via medicare fraud and then the governor* himself refused to accept any federal money for Florida that might be contaminated by that nasty “Obamacare.”
Way’s live-in girlfriend, Kaitlyn Christine Lyons, said she’d caught Justin drinking a bottle of vodka, which she took away from him to pour out. She said he was drunk, lying in their bed with a large knife, saying he would hurt himself with it. She called a non-emergency number in an attempt to get her boyfriend to a local St. Augustine, Florida, hospital for help—and told them she did not feel threatened.
“My brother has been Baker Acted three times because he was threatening to hurt himself so I figured that would happen with Justin,” said Lyons. Florida’s Baker Act allows the involuntary institutionalization of an individual, and it can be initiated by law enforcement officials.
“The only person Justin threatened was himself and I honestly don’t think he wanted to die.”
Minutes later, two St. Johns County Sheriff’s deputies, 26-year-old Jonas Carballosa and 32-year-old Kyle Braig, arrived at the home, armed with assault rifles, and told Kaitlyn to wait outside.
“I thought they were going into war,” she remembered thinking when she first saw the large guns. Within moments, Justin was shot dead.
Denise Way, Justin’s mom, said the detective relayed to her that “they told Justin to drop the knife and he didn’t—so they shot him because ‘That’s what we do.’”
*I will use any excuse to make fun of Rick Scott.