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Texas cop acquitted of homicide in Jonathan Worth capturing


A Texas police officer who fatally shot a Black man after the sufferer initially supplied a handshake was acquitted of homicide on Thursday.

Shaun Lucas, 24, shot Jonathan Worth 4 instances on Oct. 3, 2020, outdoors a comfort retailer in Wolfe Metropolis.

Worth, who was 31, extended his arm for a handshake and supplied an apology for damaged glass when Lucas arrived on the scene, in response to each police statements and eye witnesses within the 1,100-person city about 60 miles northeast of Dallas.

However Lucas apparently thought Worth was drunk and moved to detain him. Police claimed that Worth resisted and was unaffected when Lucas tried to shock him with a Taser. Cops additional claimed that Worth then reached for the Taser. Lucas stated he feared for his life and responded by capturing and killing Worth.

Physique-camera footage of the incident was performed at trial however by no means launched to the general public.

Three days after Lucas killed Worth, he was charged with murder. Two days after that, he was fired from the Wolfe City police department, which stated he dedicated an “egregious violation” of division coverage.

Police have been initially referred to as to the comfort retailer over stories of a battle. Witness testimony left it unclear how or why the battle began, but it surely was over by the point Lucas arrived on the scene.

“Shaun Lucas was acquitted in rural Hunt County, Texas, by an all white jury,” Worth household legal professional Lee Merritt stated. “On the time of [Price’s] homicide he was unarmed and didn’t pose a menace to anybody. Each regulation enforcement skilled that reviewed the information concluded Lucas’ use of drive was unjustified.”

Lucas’ protection legal professionals argued he acted in self-defense and was scared Worth would seize his Taser.

“That’s the one motive he fired his gun,” legal professional Robert Rogers stated.

With Information Wire Companies

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