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Grand jury indicts officer who said shooting of Black woman was justified
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Since Officer Juan Delacruz shot and killed Turner, a Black woman who was in emotional distress, police insisted the shooting was justified.

BAYTOWN, Texas (KTRK) -- A Baytown police officer who last year shot and killed a woman who was in emotional distress has been indicted.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office announced Juan Delacruz was indicted by a grand jury on a felony charge of aggravated assault by a public servant in connection to Pamela Turner's killing.

As of Monday afternoon, District Attorney Kim Ogg's office said Delacruz will be given an opportunity to turn himself in.

Turner was killed in May 2019 when Delacruz approached Turner at an apartment complex on Garth Road where they both resided.

According to police, at the time, Delacruz made contact with Turner and tried to arrest her, but she struggled with him, forcing him to use his Taser on her. As he tried to handcuff her, she grabbed his Taser and used it on him, police alleged.

Delacruz pulled out his gun and fired at Turner multiple times, killing her.

Police insisted the shooting was justified, but her death was the subject of calls against police brutality toward people of color.

"Pam Turner's killing was a tragedy; it is important to acknowledge that her family and the community are in pain," Ogg said. "Every aspect of the case was independently investigated by the Texas Rangers and our Civil Rights Division prosecutors. Ultimately, we presented all of the evidence to a grand jury that determined the Baytown Police officer should be charged with a crime for his actions when he shot Ms. Turner. We respect their decision and we will be moving forward with prosecution."

Neighbors who still reside in the Brixton apartment complex say the charge against Delacruz was long overdue.

"He should have been charged immediately," said one woman who knew Turner well.

Baytown police gave their response after Delacruz's indictment, explaining they turned over the investigation to the Texas Rangers, who then submitted their findings to the district attorney's office.

"We have faith and trust in our judicial system, and as we wait for this case to proceed through the legal process, we ask that our community continue to be patient and have trust and faith in those processes. We also ask that our community continue to have faith and trust in the Baytown Police Department and the dedicated, professional men and women who are committed to serving all members of our community with integrity, compassion and professionalism," police said in a statement.

Delacruz faces a punishment of five years to life in prison, if convicted.

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Comments:
Once again a rush to judgement because it involves someone of color. Ogg is a disgrace and anti law enforccement. Let the Texas Rangers sort it out before all the talk gets out of hand
Posted by LE at 9/15/2020 11:08:09 AM

It’s easy to indie someone when you don’t call the investigator or witnesses. When politics are more important than justice. Keep voting for left wing liberal looney hacks and this is what you win.
Posted by Lon Craft at 9/15/2020 2:35:25 PM

She used his taser on him and he shot her is enough for me. BUT, liberals want chaos in the streets and it IS coming should they win in November.
Posted by Sasquatch at 9/21/2020 2:15:19 PM

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