Family Of Jordan Baker Files Lawsuit Against Houston Police

The family of an unarmed black man fatally shot by Houston police last year filed a federal lawsuit today against the department.

The family of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a Houston police officer last year filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the department. 

Jordan Baker was riding his bike through a strip mall near his home in northwest Houston last January. That’s where Houston Police Officer Juventino Castro was working an extra security job. According to police, Castro confronted Baker, there was a struggle, and Baker ran, eventually charging back at the officer. Castro then fatally shot the unarmed 26-year-old man.

A grand jury declined to indict the officer last December, and no criminal charges were ever filed against him.

The lawsuit challenges Castro’s version of the events, saying it’s inconsistent with autopsy reports and video footage of the confrontation. It states that Baker posed no imminent threat to Castro’s safety, and that there was no legal justification for the shooting.

Baker’s mother Janet says Castro wrongly profiled her son as a criminal wearing a black hoodie. She’s seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

In an emailed statement, the Houston Police Department said, “the HPD officer’s action in this matter was determined to be within compliance with departmental policy and state law.” 

Federal Lawsuit Filed



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