HPD officer to reappear before grand jury on killing of unarmed black man


A Houston police officer is will reappear before a grand jury Tuesday for the killing of an unarmed black man in January.

The jury met on Dec. 11 but did not come to a decision.

Jordan Baker was shot and killed by HPD Officer Juventino Castro, who reportedly thought Baker was a robbery suspect. The shooting happened at a northwest Houston strip center where a string of robberies had been reported. Officer Castro was off-duty at the time and working at the strip center as a security guard.

Baker’s family says the 26-year-old was riding a bike to the store when he was approached by the officer and was only guilty of “being black and wearing a hoodie.”

Houston Police Department Spokesperson Kese Smith said that Baker “put his hands in waistband, crouches down, charges the officer and tells the officer ‘I told you I am not going to jail,'” during the incident.

Community activist Quanell X spoke on behalf of the family after the shooting.

“This man committed no crime,” said Quanell X. “The officer wants you to believe he rushed him with no weapon? That makes no sense.”

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