THE HUFFINGTON POST REPORTS: Officer J. Castro Walks Free After Killing Unarmed Jordan Baker

Officer Juventino Castro Will Walk Free After Killing Unarmed Man Jordan Baker

A Texas grand jury has officially cleared an officer of any wrongdoing after he fatally shot an unarmed man back in January.

Officer Juventino Castro will face no charges in the deadly shooting of 26-year-old Jordan Baker, Chron News reports.

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Activist Deric Muhammad embraces Renae Tran as she holds on to son Jordan Baker, Jr. at the candlelight vigil for Jordan Baker in the parking lot where he was shot by police on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Houston.
Baker was shot by Castro in an alley behind a Houston strip mall. Castro was off duty at the time, and Baker was unarmed. Castro said he believed Baker matched the description of a robbery suspect who had targeted the strip mall in the past, ABC13 reported at the time.

In a police report filed after the killing, Castro said there was a scuffle and a foot chase into the alley after the officer asked to see Baker’s ID. Castro told investigators he shot Baker after the man allegedly charged the cop.

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Kathy Blueford-Daniels, holds a photo of her murdered son, while she attends a vigil for Jordan Baker in the parking lot where he was shot by police on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Houston.
Days before the decision not to indict Castro, family members gathered at the courthouse to plead that justice be served, My Fox Houston reported.

“You have an opportunity to get this right,” chanted many in attendance on Sunday.

The decision comes at a tense time between police and civilians. The non-indictments of the officers responsible for the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner have started social movements, including Black Lives Matter, to address the perceived racial bias among police and sparking demonstrations across the country.

It’s unclear at this time if Castro will stay on the force or face disciplinary action.

“He did everything right,” Janet Baker, the victim’s mother, said at the time of his death. “He’s a college student, he was working part time. He does everything for his son. His son is his life.”

About Deric Muhammad

Deric Muhammad believes that man is given power for one reason; and that is to serve others. Muhammad is an accomplished Houston-based Activist/Organizer who addresses issues on Social Justice, Black Male Development, Police Brutality, Racial Inequality and other critical topics. Muhammad prides himself in being an “on the ground watchman” of Freedom, Justice and Equality for the Black community and other poor, underserved, disenfranchised communities, as well. A native Houstonian, Deric grew up on the rough and tumble streets of Northeast Houston. At the age of 11 his father died and his mother struggled with an addiction to drugs that she, later in life, overcame. Deric was raised in an environment where drugs, gang violence, prostitution, police brutality and other “social cancers” were prominent. This is important to know, because it verifies that Muhammad addresses these issues based on vast knowledge and personal experience. Like countless Black men who came before him, he changed his life around through his studies as a member of the Nation of Islam. Muhammad hosts an annual “Smart’n Up” Black Male Summit that deals with the unique issues that Black men and boys face in society. In 2009 he independently produced and starred in a critically acclaimed documentary called “Raising Boys: Tips for Single Moms” that addressed the plight of Black women raising sons in the absence of a father. He recently launched a Houston-based Black Male Initiative called Project FORWARD that focuses on Stopping Inner-City Violence and creating Economic Development. His writings have been published in many newspapers and he is currently working on his first self-published book. Muhammad has been, for years, seen on local and national television stations addressing the tough issues faced by Black people in America. He says that he is unashamed of his love for Black people and thanks God every day for giving him the honor of serving his community.

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