Skip to comments.Houston officer kills unarmed man walking with trousers down
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,
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Is open carry even legal in Texas?
There needs to be better communication between police and people. Something is wrong.
Not the right way to be an attention whore.
Bang Bang Bang Stop or I’ll shoot.
Both the officer and victim are black.
Surprised they even covered it, this story is not very useful to the narrative.
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.
The perp was seen walking with pants down and what appeared to be a night stick hanging down below his waist...
The cop should not expect a rational response from a clearly irrational person walking through traffic with his pants down.
short answer ....... Yes
Reminds me of the movie “Crash.”
I didn’t know Danny Thomas was black.
“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.
If this story is true, it is simply too sad to comment.
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.
Bath salts, PCP, meth involved?
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.
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...
So he had his pants down as a friendly gesture?
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