Houston Police Officer Cleared After Shooting Jordan Baker Dead
A grand jury has cleared Houston Police officer Juventino Castro in the shooting death of Jordan Baker. The 28-year-old black father’s family believes he was profiled when he was stopped for looking “suspicious” just before he was shot dead by the officer.
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Jordan Baker, a young black man, a father, a son, a partner, a Houstonian, was walking through the parking lot of a mall on January 16. He was stopped by an off-duty cop who was working security because he looked “suspicious.” He was unarmed. He was shot and killed.
And now, the killing of Jordan Baker is one of nearly 300 instances in which Houston grand juries have let officers walk in an instance of excessive use of force.
Castro claims that Baker looked “suspicious” because he was wearing a black hoodie.
He added that “a brief struggle and foot chase ensued.” According to Castro, Baker stopped, then ran toward the officer while reaching into his waistband and that’s when Castro shot him dead. Baker was unarmed.
Recently, officers involved in the shooting deaths of unarmed black men allege that they began charging them. In Darren Wilson’s case, he referred to Michael Brown as looking like the “Hulk” and a “demon.” And let’s not forget how Trayvon Martin was demonized for having the audacity to wear a hoodie. (By the way, I have about six or seven hoodies and I’m white).
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