Leonard Allen Cure: Wrongful conviction, release from prison, death at the hands of police

Leonard Allen Cure
Leonard Allen Cure

Leonard Allen Cure was a Black man who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 16 years in prison.

After his release, he was killed by a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop.

Leonard Allen Cure death sparked outrage online, as it was yet another example of racial injustice and police brutality.

Wrongful conviction and incarceration:

Cure was convicted of the 2003 armed robbery of a drug store in Florida’s Dania Beach and sentenced to life in prison because he had previous convictions for robbery and other crimes.

But the case had issues from the start and his conviction came from a second jury after the first one deadlocked.

Release from prison:

In 2020, the Broward State Attorney’s Office new Conviction Review Unit asked a judge to release Leonard Allen Cure from prison.

Broward’s conviction review team said it found “troubling” revelations that Cure had solid alibis that were previously disregarded and no physical evidence or solid witnesses to put him at the scene. An independent review panel of five local lawyers concurred with the findings.

Cure was released that April after his sentenced was modified.

That December, a judge vacated his conviction and sentence.

“I’m looking forward to putting this situation behind me and moving on with my life,” Cure told the South Florida Sun Sentinel at the time.

Death at the hands of police:

At about 7:30 a.m. Monday, Cure was stopped by a Camden County Sheriff’s Office deputy while driving north on Interstate 95, according to a news release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The deputy asked Cure to get out of the vehicle and he complied, the release says.

Cure cooperated with the deputy until told he was under arrest, the news release says. Cure reportedly refused to cooperate with the deputy, who then used a Taser.

The news release says Cure then attacked the deputy, who again used a Taser and also baton in an attempt to subdue him.

The deputy then shot Cure, authorities say.

The news release does not say why Cure was pulled over or why he was being arrested.

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