Officers Cleared For Second Time In Alva Braziel Shooting
Houston, TX – A grand jury refused to indict Houston Police Officers L. Lopez and E. Marcias in the 2016 shooting death of Alva Braziel, for the second time, according to Click2Houston.
The incident occurred on July 9, 2016, in the area of Cullen Boulevard and Ward Street, when Officer Lopez and Officer Marcias were patrolling the area in southeast Houston. They observed Braziel in the middle of the street, with a gun.
According to the video, one of the officers said that he thought Braziel was trying to flag them down. He said that Braziel first pointed the gun at the sky, and then he pointed the gun at them. Braziel refused commands from Officer Lopez and Officer Marcias to drop the weapon, and they shot him. Braziel was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
All video involved in the case was ordered to be released by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner shortly after the incident, in order to “stop misinformation and relieve tensions.” In response, the family said that the video is incomplete, which the grand jury apparently did not agree with.
In a written statement, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said that this is the second time that a grand jury has refused to indict Officer Lopez and Officer Marcias for this shooting. She only resubmitted the case to the grand jury a second time because Braziel’s family said that they were unaware of the proceedings, and because they asked for the case to be presented again.
That’s right, two officers were put through hell again because a family member asked for it.
DA Kim Ogg said, “Grand juries comprised of citizens review all police shootings. This enables the community, not prosecutors or police, to ultimately determine whether a person should be indicted.”
Officer Lopez is a 14-year veteran of the agency, while Officer Marcias is an 11-year-veteran. When the incident occurred, both officers were assigned to the gang division.
You can see video from the shooting below: