A Florida Uber police officer and a police officer will not face charges for shooting and killing a man who threatened him with a pistol on the road and has been congratulated by the police for his "perfect" position that has divided public opinion.
Robert Westlake, 37, the driver, was taking a drunk woman to his home from Grove Bar in Winter Haven early Tuesday morning when Jason Boek, 34, stopped his truck in front of him.
Boek mistakenly thought that his girlfriend was in the back of the car. The couple had been fighting and he sent her a text message to tell her that she wanted to fuck the driver of Uber & # 39; after seeing the vehicle reach the bar where she had been and where he was watching her.
The images of Dashcam taken by a camera in the Westlake car show him getting out of the truck and shouting: "I have a gun." Do you want me to shoot you? while approaching the Uber. He did not have a gun, but he had his cell phone in his hand.
Westlake, who just finished training at the police academy and works as a security guard, did have a weapon. When Boek approached him, he fired a shot that hit him in the chest.
The trainee policeman and Uber driver Robert Westlake (left) shot Jason Boek (right) on Tuesday morning after Boek approached his Uber threatening him with a gun. He did not really have a gun and was holding a cell phone, but Westlake fired a shot that hit him in the chest.
Then he called 911 and tried to perform CPR on Boek, but he died on the scene. Westlake has a concealed carry permit. Uber drivers can carry weapons as long as they comply with local laws.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd described the murder as a "perfect" and "classic" case.
However, Boek's family and others say Westlake had more options to shoot.
They criticized the position of their land law as a "free card to get out of jail" and claimed that the police would not have been so forgiving if the Uber driver was not white or a police officer was waiting.
Boek looks up in dashcam shots taken by a camera in the Westlake car. He shows him walking to the Uber, who thought his girlfriend was in the back of
Boek had been stalking & # 39; to his girlfriend Jessica (above). The night of his death, they were together in a bar, but he left after an argument. Then she sat outside in her car and saw that she was calling an Uber because another woman was too drunk to get home. That's the woman who got into the Westlake car. Jessica was still at the bar when they shot her boyfriend
These are the texts that Boek exchanged with his girlfriend while she sat at the bar and he sat outside. She told him that she needed a ride and he saw her call the Uber, thinking it was for her when it was for the other woman
After seeing the Uber driver arrive and seeing Jessica approaching, Boek sent a text message: "I'm going to hit the Uber driver's ass." Then the Westlake car followed
At a press conference where he addressed the incident on Tuesday, Sheriff Judd referred to Boek as a "fool".
This was a justifiable homicide all day. You have the right to protect yourself. This is a classic stand your floor case. This was the intention of the law & # 39;
In a warning to the "community fanatics," he continued: "Good people carry guns and they will shoot you, a lot, dead cemetery, leave people alone.
This was a justifiable homicide all day. This is a classic support for your floor case
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd
He reviewed the sequence of events and described Boek's girlfriend as a "good Samaritan" who simply tried to help another woman safely to her home when she had drunk too much.
He also pointed out the text messages that Boek sent to his girlfriend before he was shot and said that they helped him decide that Uber's driver acted within the law.
"I appreciate that Jason has given us his criminal intent in advance, in writing, to help create a perfect base for the Uber pilot, Robert Westlake."
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd spoke proudly of Westlake's actions on Wednesday and said cases like this were the reason why his fundamental law existed.
Westlake told NBC after he did not want to shoot the man, but he felt he could lose his life if he did not.
"Nobody comes out with a concealed permit to carry a weapon looking to use their firearm, they have it in case they need to use it to protect themselves," he said.
Boek's family says she is "outraged" by the way the police handled the case. They told NBC that Westlake had other options besides shooting.
Boek's family says that Uber's driver did not have to kill him. The 34-year-old man was a barber and had a small son
He worked as a barber and has a small son with a different woman. The boy had just started kindergarten.
The family's complaints were repeated by others on Twitter who criticized the controversial position of its fundamental law.
Here we go with this, plant your garbage in Florida. Of course, the Uber driver was a white police officer out of service, "said one user.
& # 39; Wannabe policeman shoots man with cell phone. The sheriff says that's wonderful. The killers want to kill, "joked another.
Uber said he would cooperate with the police investigations.
In a statement, the company said: "We are sad about this unfortunate incident and will continue to work with the police in their investigation."
Boek had an extensive criminal record sheet that included battery charges. He had borrowed the Ford he was driving from a friend.
Critics rushed to despise the controversial argument of its fundamental law
When the police searched for him after his death, they found a methamphetamine pipe.
In text messages to his girlfriend before following the car, he called her & # 39; w **** & # 39; and threatened to hit any man with whom she was.
Boek was a barber (pictured). His friends said he was talented and liked his job
They had been drinking at the bar together when he was furious. He continued to observe her in the later scene, which was when he saw her help the woman to enter the Uber.
The bride, the drunk woman and the Uber driver had never met before.
The bride must still make a public comment about Boek's death.
His friends paid tribute to him on social media as a talented barber.
The mother of her son said: "This is the mother's worst nightmare."
"I'm sick and broken today, but I know that my sweet Jason is in a better place.
"His legacy will grow with our son as he grows up and he will know that his father really loved him."