Seriously, we have to stop meeting so very often over this issue. This all must stop: murders of unarmed black and other citizens, failure to indict or charge…all of it.)
This shit’s fucked up. From Slate.com:
‘A Houston grand jury decided on Tuesday not to indict a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man in January. Officer Juventino Castro, a 10-year veteran of the force, was working as an off-duty security guard at a Houston strip mall that had recently experienced a string of robberies when he shot and killed 26-year-old Jordan Baker after a brief confrontation in the mall parking lot.
Castro was in uniform when he confronted Baker, thinking he was a potential burglar.’
I haven’t seen any mention of which sort of uniform he was wearing. Added: he was apparently wearing his police uniform.
HuffPo says that the police claimed that Castro believed that Baker ‘matched the description of a robbery suspect who’d been targeting the strip mall; you know: black of a certain age wearing a hoodie.
The Houston Chronicle said:
‘Castro’s attempt to stop Baker in the parking lot led to a brief struggle and foot chase, an HPD news release said. When Baker stopped running away, he reached into his waistband and charged the officer, police contend. Castro fired his gun once and struck Baker. The officer was not injured in the incident, police said.
Castro was placed on standard three-day administrative duty immediately following the shooting. An internal investigation to determine if the officer violated any agency policies or procedures was set to begin after the grand jury delivered its decision, HPD Chief Charles McClelland confirmed last week.’
Hi mother, Janet Baker said while walking out of the grand jury courtroom that she would seek justice for her son.
She is quoted a saying that he was a good kid, and hadn’t done anything wrong since he was in high school, ten years ago, and none of that was important enough to be on his permanent record. He was attending community college, has left behind a seven-year-old son, Jordan Baker, Jr.
“Regardless of the grand jury’s decision, Jordan Baker’s death will not be in vain. We have decided that the push for justice will not stop in the secret halls of the Harris County grand jury. We’re taking it further,” Muhammad said. “We obviously have a system that don’t give a damn about us.”’
“He did everything right,” Janet Baker, the victim’s mother, said at the time of his death. “He’s a college student, he was working part time. He does everything for his son. His son is his life.”
From Slate again:
For some perspective the on the performance of the grand juries in the county where Jordan was shot, Harris County: “Harris County grand juries have cleared [Houston Police Department] officers of criminal wrongdoing in all shootings since 2008. More than a quarter of the 121 civilians shot by the department’s officials from 2008 to 2012 were—like Baker— unarmed, according to a Houston Chronicle (‘Bulletproof’, Part I of IV) analysis.’
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In other too similar news:
‘Native American Man Who Attended Anti-Police Brutality Rally Is Killed By Police Next Day’
‘A man who participated in an anti-police brutality march and rally in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Friday was shot and killed by police a day later, according to reports.
Rapid City Police identified the victim as Allen Locke, 30, of Rapid City. At about 6 p.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to a subdivision known as Lakota Community Homes to remove a person from a residence there, the Rapid City Journal reported.
Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom, who was on site investigating the shooting, told the Rapid City Journal that Officer Anthony Meirose fired his weapon after Locke allegedly charged him with a knife. Police are saying Locke was shot up to five times by Officer Meirose. Locke was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the shooting, according to the Associated Press.
Captain Dan Rud told reporters that tasing Locke was not an option.’
Allen Locke was a Lakota sundancer.
From the #NativesLivesMatter Twitter account:
Someone in Ferguson Tweeted this flash from the past a few days ago.
And from the account of #BlackLivesMatter, Goku Shmurda:
“I don’t want to be tomorrow’s hashtag” #RIP #AntonioMartin
(cross-posted at My.Firedoglake.com)