“That’s overkill. That’s no longer self-defense.”
A group of Houston activists wants the customer who shot and killed a robber at a southwest taqueria to be arrested and face charges.
They said the shooting went “beyond self-defense” and also characterized it as “a cold-blooded execution.”
While some are calling him a hero, this group wants the shooter to be criminally indicted.
“We must not allow citizens to become judge, jury and executor,” the group, which consisted of Dr. Candice Matthews (Texas Coalition of Black Democrats/Rainbow/PUSH Coalition/New Black Panther Nation), Quanell X (New Black Panther Nation), family members of the deceased and other civil rights organizations, said in a statement.
Quanell X said the group is not condoning the actions of 30-year-old Eric Eugene Washington and said he was wrong for robbing the store. They said he deserved to be punished and sent to jail — but not killed.
“He went too far,” Quanell X said. “That’s overkill. That’s no longer self-defense.”
They’re calling for the shooter to be charged with something. Quanell X said he’s not sure what that charge should be.
“That man went from being a law-abiding citizen to now committing criminal acts and criminal crimes. We believe … I believe that he should be charged with something because we cannot have a society where our citizens are judge, jury and executioner,” Quanell X said.
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