You can murder a person with your bare hands. If you try to beat an armed person to death, the odds are you’re going to die. You may want to consider this before you attempt to beat someone, especially a police officer to death. The criminal justice system will be left to figure it all out while you’re burning in hell. Adios MOFO.
Texas Penal Code:
Sec. 9.32. DEADLY FORCE IN DEFENSE OF PERSON. (a) A person is justified in using deadly force against another:
(1) if the actor would be justified in using force against the other under Section 9.31; and
(2) when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the deadly force is immediately necessary:
(A) to protect the actor against the other’s use or attempted use of unlawful deadly force; or
(B) to prevent the other’s imminent commission of aggravated kidnapping, murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated robbery.
A Dallas police officer shot and killed James Harper, a well know south Dallas drug dealer and convicted felon on Tuesday. This prompted angry neighbors near Fair Park to take to the streets in protest.
The shooting happened at about 5:30 p.m. at a known drug house in the 5300 block of Bourquin Street while, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, police were responding to a kidnapping call.
Brown said four suspects fled the house via various means, including by breaking windows. He said officers saw a gun on a table in the house and that crack cocaine was also present.
According to Brown, eight-year DPD veteran Officer Brian Rowden chased James Harper, fighting the suspect three times. Rowden was losing fight and was exhausted when, according to Brown, Harper said, “You’re going to have to kill me.”
Rowden feared for his life and fatally shot Harper, Brown said.
Word of the shooting quickly spread through the neighborhood as family members and the curious rushed to the scene, eventually amassing in the hundreds and prompting police to call for additional crowd control, including SWAT. In fact, officers armed with pepper ball guns and shields forced the crowd back amid reports of people trying to cut through fences to gain access to the shooting scene.
Immediately following the shooting and throughout most of the evening, a chaotic crowd swelled, diminished and regrouped. At one point, a fight broke out between among the protesters.
Brown said much of the drama could be due to a family feud in the neighborhood. In fact, he said, a 911 call that initially drew police to the scene was likely bogus and an intentional, retaliatory act.
Despite the incitement to riot, there were no reports of arrests or injuries. The results of this investigation will be presented to a Grand Jury to determine if the officer acted within the law. Unfortunately, the prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case, intentionally bypassed the Grand Jury process, because she feared Zimmerman would not be indicted.
There will be no such miscarriage of justice in this case.