Thursday, February 2, 2023

Jalen Randle, Killed By Houston Cop, Was Shot In Back Of Neck. Family Demands Body Cam Video Release

HOUSTON — The family of a man shot and killed by a Houston police officer late last month has hired high-powered attorney Ben Crump. 

They believe the April 27 shooting of Jalen Randle was unjustified. An HPD SWAT officer, who had Randle under surveillance for outstanding felony warrants, shot and killed the 29-year-old in northeast Houston.

The shooting followed a brief chase that ended on Josie Street near Ledwicke.  Officers were searching the car when, according to HPD, Randle got out of the passenger side and was holding a bag. Witnesses claimed he was running away when he was shot.

“The facts are the facts. Jalen Randle was shot from behind,” Crump said. “How is he such a danger running away from you, Houston Police Department?”

Crump said their independent autopsy confirmed that Randle was shot in the back of his neck.

Police said a gun was found in the bag but Randle didn’t fire any shots. 

“They don’t get the right to be the judge, the jury and the executioner. They don’t get that right,” Crump said.

He said the family and community are demanding “justice, transparency and accountability.”

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