The news is out: [A Houston-area police officer has been charged with assault in the shooting death of a 44-year-old woman who had been suffering from mental illness, CBS affiliate KHOU-TV reports. Pamela Turner was killed in May 2019 by Officer Juan Delacruz, an 11-year veteran of the Baytown Police Department.
Turner had struggled with paranoid schizophrenia since her diagnosis in 2005 and might have been in crisis the night she was killed, civil rights attorney Ben Crump said at the time. Turner was fatally shot by Delacruz in the parking lot of her apartment complex after a struggle. Police said the Hispanic officer shot Turner, who is Black, after she shocked him with his Taser.
Police had said Turner was being arrested because the officer knew there were outstanding warrants against her. However, Crump accused the department of trying to criminalize Turner to justify what he called was an “unjustifiable execution.”
Delacruz has been charged with aggravated assault by a public servant, which is a first-degree felony that carries a punishment of five years to life in prison, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Video of the incident was captured on a cellphone and went viral. In it, Turner could be heard telling the officer, “You’re actually harassing me” and “I’m actually walking to my house.” The two of them can be seen struggling and Turner falls to the ground. They continue to scuffle and she said, “Why? Why?” and then, “I’m pregnant.” At that point, something can be seen flashing as Turner extends her arm. Delacruz steps back and then fires several shots at her, striking her at least once.]
This is another round of BS when a cop asks “do you have any warrants against you?”, or “have you been arrested before?”, or “are you a convicted criminal?” Just answer “do you?”