A Tarrant County Grand Jury in Texas charged Arlington police officer Officer Bau Tran who shot and killed O’Shae Terry who attempted to flee from a traffic stop on September 1, 2018.
Tran was indicted on a charge of criminally negligent homicide, notes theFort Worth Star-Telegram.
Tran originally stopped Terry fpr a vehicle sticker violation, but apparently suspected there was marijuana in the car. When the vehicle started to pull away, Tran fired several shots in o the car.
Despite being charged with a crime, Tran has only been placed on leave pending the conclusion of the department’s administrative investigation.
Terry’s family attorney, Lee Merritt, said that Terry “did some things wrong that day” but did not deserve a death sentence:
He said he had marijuana in the car, marijuana was later found in the car. He had an expired tag. He pulled off from a stop that he shouldn’t have pulled off from. We expect law enforcement officers to come into contact with people who are breaking the law, and this was a situation where O’Shae made several mistakes. None of those mistakes should have been fatal.
(Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram)