Grand jury clears Houston officer in shooting of unarmed man

A Houston Police Department officer under investigation for the shooting death of an unarmed man in northwest Houston earlier this year will not face prosecution, a Harris County grand jury decided today.
 According to Castro, Baker was looking through the windows of numerous strip center businesses. Castro then confronted Baker and asked to see his ID. Baker allegedly told the officer that he was not carrying any identification and then started to walk away. Castro claims that a struggle ensued when he tried to stop him. Castro said he opened fire because Baker charged at him with his hands in his waistband.
HPD Chief Charles McClelland said the FBI will next review the case to determine whether any civil rights violations occurred.

  • “We respect the grand jury’s decision in this case,” said McClelland. “This is certainly a tragic and unfortunate incident for the officer involved and the family of Jordan Baker. We will continue to evaluate our policies and training in an attempt to prevent these types of incidents in the future,” said McClelland. “We are in the process of developing a new foot pursuit policy designed to protect officers and the citizens they encounter. We place the highest priority on human life and we encourage anyone that has interactions with police to follow and obey the commands and instructions of officers. There is always a proper place and time to contest your arrest or file a police complaint. I have forwarded this investigation to the local o ffice of the FBI for its review to ensure there are no civil rights violations.”

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