Dash-cam video shows Dontrell Stephens, 20, talking on a cellphone 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 Adams Lin trails him. Moments later, Stephens realizes he’s being followed. He pulls over, gets off his bike with a cellphone 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 is black and has a criminal record for possessing cocaine, is seen running from the bullets then dropping to the ground. Stephens was armed with nothing but a cellphone. 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 filed against PBSO. A short time later, an admittedly shaken Deputy Lin is heard talking to another deputy. “He starts backing away,” Lin explains. “I said, ‘Get on the ground, get on the ground.” Then, the other deputy is heard saying, “I got your back man. I got your back. Hey, you hear me?” Deputy Lin responds, “Yeah, I know.”