File: Demonstrators march during a Michael Brown memorial protest in Brooklyn, New York on August 9, 2015 (AFP Photo/Kena Betancur)
On a day that massive protests were staged in many American cities over police killings of African-Americans, two Houston police officers killed yet another African-American.
According to a Reuters report, the man was killed after he pointed a gun at the policemen, despite their commands that he lower his weapon.
The fresh killing came two days after five Dallas policemen were slain by a black military veteran.
The two Houston officers, both Hispanic, encountered a man standing in the middle of a street with a revolver around 12:40 a.m. while on a routine patrol, police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said.
The officers exited their patrol vehicle to speak to the man, who initially had the firearm pointed to the sky. The officers ordered him to lower the weapon, Silva said.
“He instead deliberately and slowly lowers his arm and allows it to come to a stop at his waist,” Silva said. “Now the gun is pointed directly at officers.”
Fearing for their safety and for nearby witnesses, both officers discharged their weapons, striking the man, she said. The man’s motive remains unknown.
The suspect, who did not fire his gun, died at the scene. His identity was not immediately released.
The incident unfolded after police came under fire in at least three states on Thursday and Friday, as protests over police use of force against black people escalated around the country.
A police officer in Ballwin, Missouri, remained in critical condition on Saturday, a day after he was shot during a traffic stop, St. Louis County Police said on Twitter.
In Georgia, an officer was ambushed and shot on Friday, and in Tennessee a man grazed a police officer with a bullet on Thursday when he opened fire …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper