Personnel file for Officer Nouman Raja says he is 'intelligent t - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

Personnel file for Officer Nouman Raja says he is 'intelligent thinker'


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - WFLX FOX 29 is learning more about the officer who pulled the trigger in a controversial shooting on Oct. 18.

Officer Nouman Raja was hired by Atlantis Police Department straight out of the academy in 2008. It's where he worked until he left to go to Palm Beach Gardens in April this year.

Over the weekend, Raja shot and  killed 31-year-old Corey Jones who was broken down on the side of Interstate 95 in Palm Beach Gardens.


Palm Beach Gardens police say Raja was on duty but wearing plain clothes and driving an unmarked car when he shot Jones. Police are now saying Jones confronted Raja with a handgun he purchased three days prior to being shot dead.

Many claim, or at least fear, there is a racial component to the shooting because Jones was black. The FOX 29 Investigators found documents in Raja's personnel file from the Atlantis Police Department that address the issue. 

"We put everybody through an extensive background check. They go before an oral board. They're ranked by four to five personnel and then we hire the people that we feel are best fit for the job," said Atlantis Police Chief Robert Mangold on Tuesday after releasing Officer Raja's personnel file.

Of note in officer Raja's nearly 300-page personnel file was testimony from references prior to his hire. One reference reads "Nouman is an intelligent thinker who speaks many different languages and treats others with respect."

During the background check process prior to being hired by the Atlantis Police Department numerous references were asked by investigators if Raja "had any racial or ethnic prejudices" to which all of his references wrote "none seen."

"Ever have any disciplinary issues with (Ofc. Raja)?" asked Contact 5 Investigator Jared Werksma. "If we did it was very minor, I don't recall any right off hand but usually after seven or eight years somebody stubs their toe at least once," said Mangold.

We did find several discipline reports in officer Raja's file. Mostly for reporting errors in cases and procedural issues but there is also a complaint from 2009 where a woman alleges "conduct unbecoming an officer."

The complaint says officer Raja, while off duty, accompanied a friend to his wife's house to collect some personal items.

In the complaint the woman writes "(my husband) acted in a hostile and intimidating manner towards me.

Violating the terms of his no contact order." It continues "All the while I was objecting to what was going on and at any time officer Raja could have, and should have, removed himself from the situation."  

After finding this complaint, WFLX contacted Mangold for some more information. Mangold said Boynton Beach Police investigated the incident and found no evidence to prove Raja did anything wrong or acted in a manner unbecoming an officer.

Although the complaint remains in Raja's permanent file with Atlantis police, Mangold said "We did not discipline (Raja) for that incident."

FOX 29 has requested the full investigation from Boynton Beach police.

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