Seriously, we have to stop meeting so very often over this issue. This all must stop: murders of unarmed black and other citizens, failure to indict or charge…all of it.)

This shit’s fucked up. From Slate.com:

‘A Houston grand jury decided on Tuesday not to indict a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man in January. Officer Juventino Castro, a 10-year veteran of the force, was working as an off-duty security guard at a Houston strip mall that had recently experienced a string of robberies when he shot and killed 26-year-old Jordan Baker after a brief confrontation in the mall parking lot.

Castro was in uniform when he confronted Baker, thinking he was a potential burglar.’

I haven’t seen any mention of which sort of uniform he was wearing. Added: he was apparently wearing his police uniform.

HuffPo says that the police claimed that Castro believed that Baker ‘matched the description of a robbery suspect who’d been targeting the strip mall; you know: black of a certain age wearing a hoodie.

Update: Read Fox News’s  short version of Ezell Ford’s autopsy released today; the autopsy report itself is here.  A bit of commentary around comment #130 or so.

Seriously, we have to stop meeting so very often over this issue.  This all must stop: murders of unarmed black and other citizens, failure to indict or charge…all of it.)

This shit’s fucked up.  From Slate.com:

‘A Houston grand jury decided on Tuesday not to indict a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man in January. Officer Juventino Castro, a 10-year veteran of the force, was working as an off-duty security guard at a Houston strip mall that had recently experienced a string of robberies when he shot and killed 26-year-old Jordan Baker after a brief confrontation in the mall parking lot.

Castro was in uniform when he confronted Baker, thinking he was a potential burglar.’

I haven’t seen any mention of which sort of uniform he was wearing.  Added: he was apparently wearing his police uniform.

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