HPD releases surveillance video in fatal officer involved shooting of unarmed black man

- The surveillance video doesn’t shed much light on exactly what transpired between Jordan Baker and HPD Officer Juventino Castro on that fateful January night of last year.

You see Baker riding his bike in the parking lot of a strip mall in the 5700 block of West Little York.

“The shooting happened behind the strip mall,” said attorney David Owens. “At least that’s what the police officer says.”

Moments later you see Baker again on his bike in the distance. Then a white car with Officer Castro inside stops him.

“And then moments later you see Jordan running,” Owens said.

While the video contains no smoking gun that’s not stopping Baker’s mother from suing.

“The questions that I still have that led up to him being taken away from me will be answered through this lawsuit,” Janet Baker said.

After the shooting, the lawsuit states officer Castro told investigators he shot Jordan Baker because he thought the shirtless and unarmed man put his hands close to his waist, causing him to fear for his life.

“It’s something that they’ve used in a number of cases as a pretext to justify what we view as an unlawful shooting,” Owens said.

The lawsuit alleges after the shooting officer Castro did nothing to try to save Baker’s life.
Instead, “Adding insult to fatal injury,” the lawsuit states, “The officer handcuffed Jordan Baker as he lay dying writhing in pain on the ground behind the mall.”

The police chief says he released the surveillance video after consulting with the city attorney and the mayor and in the interest of public trust and transparency.

HPD maintains officer Castro did not violate and departmental policies or state laws and was no billed by a grand jury.

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