The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) said last week that the termination of the five officers who shot and killed 27-year old Nicolas Chávez while he was on his knees April 21, 2020 is a first step of action, but more must be done to deliver justice for taking the life of a suspect who posed no threat to police when his life was taken. The officers fired 21 rounds at Chávez.
“We agree with the firings and applaud the actions of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Police Chief Art Acevedo,” said Domingo García, LULAC National President. “However, LULAC now demands that the case be referred immediately to the Harris County District Attorney to seek grand jury indictments against these cops.”
Chávez’ father says his son had a history of mental illness and may have been experiencing a psychotic episode the night he was killed. Police reported the younger Chávez was running in and out of traffic holding a piece of rebar. Officers said when they arrived on the scene, he tried to attack them. However, a 47-second video recorded by an officer’s body cam shows that Chávez was already wounded and on his knees reaching for his chest, possibly for a wire attached to a stun gun stinger, when he was shot and killed.
“The video clearly shows that once again, the life of a Latino holds little value for some officers who resort to using unnecessary and excessive lethal force,” says García. “Our community demands a full investigation into the unlawful killing of Nicolas Chávez and that these officers be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for the crime they committed.”
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