The family of an “unarmed” Houston man who was shot numerous times after allegedly attack an off-duty officer who was on the phone with dispatchers reporting a dog attack says that they want justice.
But do they, really?
The man shot outside his home by an off-duty police officer remains in critical condition, according to family members. Relatives are disputing the Houston Police Department’s account of what led up to the shooting.
It happened Thursday in the 11600 block of Riderwood in southwest Houston. Community members met Sunday in the neighborhood calling for the district attorney to bring charges against the officer involved in shooting 21-year-old Casey Brown.
“This is not a white thing; this is not a black thing. This is a right or wrong thing,” said Brown’s mother, Princess Coleman.
“I’ve been a resident of this neighborhood for 11 years and this is the first time I’ve ever experienced anything like this.”
The officer, J. Loosmore, was walking his dog with his wife Thursday evening, according to police, when another man’s dog attacked his pet. Witnesses said the other dog’s owner is Casey Brown.
Loosmore allegedly told Brown he was going to file a report. Police said Brown started punching Loosmore while he was speaking with police dispatchers on the phone. Loosmore reportedly told investigators that he was afraid Brown would be able to take his gun.
“He begins punching him multiple times in the head and chest. At that point in time, the officer tells us he actually felt his vision grey out like he was losing consciousness,” police spokesman Kese Smith said.
However, Brown’s family disputes that account, saying the officer didn’t identify himself properly and shouldn’t have brought his gun to handle a neighborhood dispute.
“This is a no-go. We won’t take this,” Coleman said.
“This young man was on his own property. He didn’t break any laws,” activist Quanell X said.
Reporter Steve Romo appears to have done a pretty thorough job of reporting this story, revealing a lot more information than we are used to getting at this stage of an investigation.
We’re going to learn in very short order whether Casey Brown’s shooting was plausibly justified based upon not just the forensic evidence, but the fact that there were eyewitnesses to the incident (for whatever they are worth), and that Officer Loosmore was on the phone with a dispatcher when the attack took place.
If the call to the dispatcher was recorded (as it should be) and captured audio of the assault and shooting, it would presumably go a long way towards supporting the officer’s version of events.
As for the excuse-making by the community, it’s simply pathetic.
The wounded man’s mother, Princess Coleman, is asserting that the “officer didn’t identify himself properly,” as if Casey Brown’s behavior would have been justified if he attempted to beat an officer to death under other circumstances, or he had attacked a “regular Joe” citizen in the same manner. This is nothing more or less than a attempt to justify her son’s apparently felonious behavior.
Likewise, it was perfectly acceptable for Officer Loosmore to carry a firearm concealed while off duty, just as it is acceptable for any other law-abiding citizen to carry a firearm for self-defense. Perhaps Princess Coleman and others in her community need to better impart the simple logic to their children that committing felonies against their fellow citizens could result in them getting shot.
Serial agitator Quanell X then laughably attempted to more diversion, as if committing a felony assault on your own property is somehow justifiable.
Sadly, we’ve seen similarly absurd arguments made by Black Lives Matter apologists in other communities after violent felons were shot. Unlike Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Alton Sterling, and other criminals supported by Black Lives Matter, Casey Brown may survive to hopefully learn from his mistakes.
Let’s hope he does.