Texas police officer charged in death of Pamela Turner, a Black woman whose killing was captured on video
Added 09-18-20 08:11:02pm EST - “A Texas police officer was indicted this week in the death of Pamela Turner, a Black woman who was killed outside her apartment more than a year ago.” - News.yahoo.com
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A Texas police officer was indicted this week in the death of a Black woman who was killed outside her apartment more than a year ago, an incident that drew national attention and left the victim’s family demanding answers.
A Harris County grand jury returned an indictment on Monday charging Baytown Police Officer Juan Delacruz with aggravated assault by a public servant in the death of 44-year-old Pamela Turner.
The decision comes after a yearlong campaign by Turner’s family members and supporters for justice in the case.
“The news that my family received on Monday is the exact reason why we have not stopped calling my mother's name for the past 16 months,” Turner’s daughter, Chelsea Rubin, said at a virtual press conference Thursday. “I prayed for this very moment numerous times. And I prayed that my mother's death would not be in vain and that she gets the justice that she deserves.”
Turner was killed on May 13, 2019, as Officer Delacruz tried to arrest her at the Brixton Apartments in Baytown, a city about 30 miles west of Houston. A video clip that partially captured the incident showed what appeared be a verbal confrontation between Turner and the officer, which then escalated into a scuffle.
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