Protestors Demand Police Chief’s Firing Over Shooting
Dozens of demonstrators took to the streets on Saturday (December 12) to demand justice for Joshua Feast, a 22-year-old Black man who was reportedly killed on December 9 by police in La Marque, Tex.
According to Houston local station KHOU, protestors marched from a local food market to the steps of La Marque City Hall to call for the firing of Police Chief Kirk Jackson and officer Jose Santos, who police say shot Feast to death.
Investigators claim Feast was a person of interest in an ongoing investigation of recent shootings in the Houston suburb. Feast was allegedly sitting in his car when he got out and fled. According to an initial report, officers then opened fire on him. He was later taken to a hospital where he later died.
La Marque police say rifles were found at the scene but no context was provided about where they were found or who they belonged to. Investigators also claim Santos had reason to believe Feast was armed. Witnesses say Feast was running from police when he was shot.
Santos has reportedly been placed on administrative leave while the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and County District Attorney’s Office are investigating.
“Bad cops got to go,” the demonstrators chanted. “Bad cops got to go.” They also demanded more transparency from their law enforcement officials and requested the footage from the shooting to be released.
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and Galveston County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting. Body camera footage cannot yet be released, officials said.
“What happened to Joshua Feast is a symptom of what has been occurring here, the lack of relationship that the La Marque police department has with its citizens here,” NAACP Dickinson member Madalyn Salazar said, according to KHOU.
“The La Marque City Council, the La Marque police department and a vast majority of our citizens want the same thing: a peaceful, safe community,” Jackson said during a press conference.