Biggest Gang in Town - This Week in Police Aggression
We’ll have a comprehensive account of last Saturday’s Black Lives Matter protest at the Galleria in the next day or two, but here are a couple things you should know about.
First off, tomorrow, Tuesday morning, Houston police officer Juventino Castro will reappear before a grand jury for his killing of Jordan Baker, an unarmed African American man, back in January 2014. Castro was off-duty, working as a security guard at a strip mall at the time that he shot and killed Baker.
Castro says Baker charged at him and he got scared, but we don’t get to hear Baker’s side because Castro killed him. As the Houston Chronicle reports:
The last time an HPD officer was charged for a shooting was in March 2004, when Arthur Carbonneau was indicted in the death of 14-year-old Eli Escobar Jr. Carbonneau was convicted of negligent homicide in that case. Since then, Houston police officers have been cleared by Harris County grand juries 288 consecutive times for shootings.
Will Castro be the 289th consecutive no-bill for out-of-control cops by Harris County grand juries? Will HPD’s 10-year shooting and winning spree continue? I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.
A rally is planned for that grand jury announcement at 8:30 Tuesday morning at the downtown courthouse.
Meanwhile, just hours before Saturday’s march/rally at the Galleria, two HPD officers went buck wild shooting another unarmed African American man, Mike Walker. Walker was shot three times but was taken to Ben Taub Hospital where he remains in serious but stable condition.