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Houston officer kills unarmed man walking with trousers down
BBC News ^ | 28th March 2018 | BBC News

Posted on 03/28/2018 2:26:40 PM PDT by Ennis85

A US police officer shot dead an unarmed man walking in traffic with his trousers down, and his family says it looks like "premeditated murder".

Police dashcam video shows Danny Ray Thomas, 34, walking towards the officer on a road in Houston, Texas, last Thursday before a gunshot rings out.

Deputy Cameron Brewer repeatedly shouts "get down on the ground" before firing. Both the officer and victim are black.

Mr Thomas' family say he suffered from depression after his children died.

His sister, Kita Thomas-Smith, attended a Houston City Council meeting on Tuesday where she tearfully urged politicians do to something about "police brutality".

Mayor Sylvester Turner told her: "I certainly feel your pain. We are certainly sorry for any life that is taken."

Outside city hall, Ms Thomas-Smith told the Houston Chronicle of the dashcam video. "It feels like premeditated murder.

"He was clearly walking, not running, toward the deputy not trying to hurt or harm him."

Deputy Brewer, who had a Taser with him, has been placed on administrative leave as police investigate the shooting.

Houston Police Department said in a statement last week that Mr Thomas was found "walking in the middle of the intersection" of a busy road in the city.

Deputy Brewer noticed him with "his pants around his ankles, talking to himself and hitting vehicles as they passed by".

"Thomas then struck a white vehicle, and the driver exited and engaged in a physical altercation with the suspect," Houston police said.

The Harris County Sheriff's deputy saw the fracas and stopped his car to intervene.

"Fearing for his safety, the deputy discharged his duty weapon, striking Thomas once in the chest," said Houston police, which is leading the investigation.

In a different video taken by a bystander and published by the Chronicle last week,

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: death; houston; police; shooting
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1 posted on 03/28/2018 2:26:41 PM PDT by Ennis85
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To: Ennis85

Is open carry even legal in Texas?


2 posted on 03/28/2018 2:28:20 PM PDT by WayneS (An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill.)
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To: Ennis85

There needs to be better communication between police and people. Something is wrong.


3 posted on 03/28/2018 2:28:52 PM PDT by GuavaCheesePuff
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To: Ennis85

Not the right way to be an attention whore.


4 posted on 03/28/2018 2:30:07 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: GuavaCheesePuff

Bang Bang Bang Stop or I’ll shoot.


5 posted on 03/28/2018 2:30:22 PM PDT by shelterguy (Bigdeal)
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To: Ennis85

Both the officer and victim are black.
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Surprised they even covered it, this story is not very useful to the narrative.


6 posted on 03/28/2018 2:31:06 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Ennis85

Ok, seems his family knew he was having real problems. Where the fuch were they? What the hell was his family doing for him? They only care after something bad happens?

Cripes. Some family.


7 posted on 03/28/2018 2:31:29 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Ennis85

The perp was seen walking with pants down and what appeared to be a night stick hanging down below his waist...


8 posted on 03/28/2018 2:32:05 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: Ennis85

The cop should not expect a rational response from a clearly irrational person walking through traffic with his pants down.


9 posted on 03/28/2018 2:32:35 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: WayneS

short answer ....... Yes

https://www.google.com/search?q=is+open+carry+legal+in+texas&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b


10 posted on 03/28/2018 2:35:01 PM PDT by deport
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To: Ennis85

Reminds me of the movie “Crash.”


11 posted on 03/28/2018 2:35:41 PM PDT by The people have spoken (Proud member of Hillary's basket of deplorables)
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I didn’t know Danny Thomas was black.


12 posted on 03/28/2018 2:35:59 PM PDT by ChuteTheMall (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: Ennis85

“He was clearly walking, not running, toward the deputy not trying to hurt or harm him.”

He was also clearly disobeying repeated commands to lay down on the ground.


13 posted on 03/28/2018 2:37:38 PM PDT by Pravious
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"Thomas then struck a white vehicle...”

Whitey’s fault.

14 posted on 03/28/2018 2:38:35 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Alex Jones isn’t quite the wing nut now, all things considered.)
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To: Ennis85

If this story is true, it is simply too sad to comment.


15 posted on 03/28/2018 2:39:07 PM PDT by Neoliberalnot (MSM is our greatest threat. Disney, Comcast, Google Hollywood, NYTimes, WaPo, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC ...)
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To: GuavaCheesePuff

Any suggestions for better communication with an irrational person who is a danger to himself and others?

Let’s wait and see what the investigation comes up with.


16 posted on 03/28/2018 2:39:11 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Ennis85

Bath salts, PCP, meth involved?


17 posted on 03/28/2018 2:39:22 PM PDT by chris37 (I love my German Shepherd girls!)
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To: Ennis85

The guy had had a physical altercation with the driver of a car he had hit, I’m assuming with his hand or hands. The article said the officer stopped because of it. He refused repeatedly to comply with the officer’s orders, and continued on toward the officer. Who knows how he would have reacted to a taser. I’ll leave it to the department to decide the officer’s fate, but the family saying it was “premeditated murder” is B.S.


18 posted on 03/28/2018 2:41:39 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Pravious
He was also clearly disobeying repeated commands to lay down on the ground.

And therefore, he deserved to be shot dead—unarmed and making NO threatening moves?

F--k that sh-t. Enough is enough. AND the cop had a taser that he could have used first.

We're living in a police state where cops are conditioned to place NO value on human life, even when there is no apparent threat. That's not protecting and serving...

19 posted on 03/28/2018 2:41:54 PM PDT by sargon ("If the President doesn't drain the Swamp, the Swamp will drain the President.")
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To: Ennis85
"He was clearly walking, not running, toward the deputy not trying to hurt or harm him."

So he had his pants down as a friendly gesture?

20 posted on 03/28/2018 2:42:14 PM PDT by humblegunner
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