A Navasota police officer has completely gotten away with shooting a teenage boy who he “thought” had marijuana.
Police Chief Shawn Myatt told local media that off-duty patrol officer, Rey Garza, encountered 17-year-old driver, Jonathen Santellana of Houston, Texas. He was driving with a 17-year-old female inside the vehicle. The officer said he “suspected” one or both of them had “illegal drugs.”
Later, it was clarified that Officer Garza thought the youth had marijuana.
It all happened at approximately 5:03 p.m., when the off-duty officer was working as private security at the Villages of Copperfield Apartments.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Thomas Gilliland said that according to the off-duty officer’s statement, he identified himself as a police officer. The officer then asked Santellana for identification and told the driver to step outside the vehicle.
Santellana saw no reason to comply with the off-duty cop, since he was not acting as a police officer, and because there was no legitimate probable cause that he had committed any crime.
When Santellana tried to get away, the officer opened fire.
“Because the door was still open, there was nowhere for the officer to go,” Gilliland tried to rationalize.
“He discharged his weapon into the sedan four to five times. Then the vehicle accelerated through the parking lot, and he (Santellana) hit a curb and the vehicle became airborne,” Gilliland claimed.
The Free Thought Project clarifies that the youth was actually shot in the back, seven times.
That’s because when “the 17-year-old tried to exit, and came around to the back of his vehicle and collapsed,” Gilliland admitted. “He was hit in the upper left shoulder and lower, middle left side.”
The officer was fine. Remarkably, he has not faced any charges for this cold-blooded killing.
Gilliland said that small amount of marijuana was found inside the Taurus Santellana was driving, as though this somehow justified the shooting.
“The officer, as standard procedure, has been placed on administrative paid leave, pending the outcome of the investigation,” Myatt stated.
But that leave came and went, as Garza was allowed to walk free.
Watch the local report below, about the officer not facing charges for killing this child – all over a tiny bit of marijuana…
Does this sound like justice to you?