Just more than two weeks after Corey Mobley was shot and killed by a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy, an organization has planned a second rally to remember the 38-year-old and demand an independent investigation into the Jan. 23 fatal shooting.
Saturday, community members will gather for a protest and rally, led by the Rodney Mitchell Foundation, at the DeSoto Square mall parking lot. Protesters will meet outside the J.C. Penney store at 5 p.m.
The mall is across 301 Boulevard from the headquarters for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
A Facebook page created for the event says the group continues to “demand a fair, independent investigation” and to let the world know who Corey Mobley really was: “a loving father of four, a member of Bible Baptist Church in Palmetto and so much more.”
A group, organized by the same foundation, met in the same location Jan. 26, where they demanded answers from law enforcement. They held signs reading “Stop police terror” and “Community control of the police” and marched across the street to the sheriff’s office complex.
On Jan. 23, deputies responded to an assault at the Marathon gas station at 2927 Cortez Road in Bradenton around 9:20 p.m. While the person who called 911 was on the phone, a man involved in the incident — later identified as Mobley — drove away. A deputy spotted Mobley on 14th Street West near Pearl Avenue moments later, but Mobley did not stop when the deputy tried to pull him over, according to the sheriff’s office.
Mobley was spotted in his vehicle again in the 6300 block of Sixth Street West in Bradenton, but when deputies dressed in plain clothes and wearing tactical gear identified themselves, he ran. A K-9 named Boss, followed by his handler, deputy Patrick Drymon, tracked Mobley to the other side of a wooden fence. The K-9 jumped the 6-foot-high fence and confronted Mobley, according to the sheriff’s office.
Manatee Sheriff Rick Wells previously said Mobley told the deputy, “I have a gun for you (expletive),” and ignored commands to show his hands. Rather, Mobley reached into his waistband, saying he was armed, according to the sheriff’s office.
Drymon fired a total of four shots and was in fear of his life, authorities said. Mobley later died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Investigators did not find a gun on Mobley or at the scene.
Deputy Drymon remains on light duty, and the sheriff’s office investigation of the shooting will be reviewed by the State Attorney’s Office, Wells previously told the Bradenton Herald.
Mobley was the first cousin to anther man killed by law enforcement, Rodney Mitchell. Mitchell was shot in 2012 by a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputy.