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Grand Jury Clears Houston Officer in Off-Duty Killing of Unarmed Man

December 24, 2014  | 

A Harris County, Texas, grand jury has cleared a Houston police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in January.

The panel, which has been meeting for months, cleared officer Juventino Castro in the death of 26-year-old Jordan Baker.

Baker's death has gained national attention as an unarmed black man killed by police, a trend that has sparked protests and calls for body cameras on officers.

The officer, who was in uniform and had been on the force for 10 years, was working an extra security job at the location because the strip mall's businesses had experienced a recent string of robberies, according to the Houston Police Department.

Castro's attempt to stop Baker in the parking lot led to a brief struggle and foot chase, an HPD news release said. When Baker stopped running away, he reached into his waistband and charged the officer, police contend. Castro fired his gun once and struck Baker. The officer was not injured in the incident, police said.

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kevCopAz @ 12/25/2014 2:56 PM

another poor mis-guided young person who didn't read the chapter on surviving a police encounter, just stop what you are doing, do as the officer tells you and don't act aggressively and you will live to complain or commit more crimes in the future!. Even those slugs should be able read enough to understand that. Actions cause consequences, they act like thugs, they die like thugs. Thanks to the smart Grand Jury in Houston.

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