A grand jury could soon hear evidence from the Harris County, Texas district attorney’s office in the killing of Danny Ray Thomas, an unarmed Black man shot dead by a sheriff’s deputy just four days after cops killed Stephon Clark in Sacramento.
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Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez fired ex-Deputy Cameron Brewer, who is Black, late Friday for the March 22 shooting on a Houston street, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Thomas, 34, was having an apparent mental breakdown when Brewer, 44, arrived at the scene, where Thomas was foaming at the mouth and had is trousers around his ankles after an altercation with another person.
Brewer, who was equipped with a Taser, chose to fire a single gunshot at Thomas, when the disturbed man walked toward him instead of dropping to the ground as ordered. The deputy fired his gun about 20 seconds after he gave the command.
Gonzalez faulted Brewer for failing to follow the department’s use of force policy, indicating that the deputy should have used his stun gun in that situation.
A police union attorney disagreed with the sheriff’s second-guessing of “Brewer’s split-second decision.” The union plans to appeal the 6-year law enforcement veteran’s termination.
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Thomas was not in his right frame of mind, his sister Kita Thomas said, according KPRC-TV. His mental health began spiraling down after his estranged wife allegedly drowned his two children in her bathtub in 2016. The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit over the shooting.
“The acknowledgment that this officer violated use of force policy when he killed a non-threatening innocent man who was mentally ill and who was committing no crime will enrage a Harris County jury,” predicted the family’s lawyers, which includes civil rights attorney Ben Crump.
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21. Laquan McDonald, 17Source:Getty 21 of 47
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32. Christian Taylor, 19Source:Getty 32 of 47
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34. Mario Woods, 26Source:Getty 34 of 47
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40. Terrence Sterling, 31Source:Getty 40 of 47
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42. Keith Lamont Scott, 43Source:Getty 42 of 47
43. Alfred Olango, 38Source:Getty 43 of 47
44. Jordan Edwards, 15Source:Getty 44 of 47
45. Stephon Clark, 2245 of 47
46. Danny Ray Thomas, 3446 of 47
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