Harris County grand jury hands down decision in Alva Braziel shooting

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Two Houston Police officers will not face charges for fatally shooting Alva Braziel, an armed man they encountered as he walked in the middle of Cullen Boulevard last year.

A Harris County grand jury on Thursday declined to indict the officers for their actions in the July 9, 2016 shooting.

The decision was made after the case was taken before the grand jury for a second time.

Prosecutors said the first time the case was presented to a grand jury, Braziel’s family members said they were unaware of the proceedings and asked for the opportunity to present additional information, including possible new evidence.

“It is our duty to be transparent and ensure that grand jurors have the opportunity to make informed decisions on whether a crime has been committed,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a prepared statement. “These decisions can impact people’s lives forever.”

She said grand juries, which are comprised of Harris County citizens, review all police shootings.

“This enables the community, not prosecutors or police, to ultimately determine whether a person should be indicted,” Ogg said.

Braziel’s widow, Nikki Braziel has said she believes the shooting was unnecessary.

“All I want is justice,” she said. “You shoot somebody like this and then you don’t really have no explanation on why y’all did it.”

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner released body cam footage of the shooting last year after citing growing inaccuracies on social media.

He said he wanted the public to see videos to confirm that Braziel had a gun when he was killed and to quell protests that might be based on the false premise that Houston police had shot an unarmed black man.

The officers can be heard on the video telling other officers they thought Braziel was trying to flag them down until he pointed the gun at them.


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