Houston Will Pay $1.2 Million Settlement In Officer-Involved Shooting Lawsuit

26-year-old Jordan Baker was shot and killed by HPD Officer Juventino Castro.


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Houston councilmembers approved a $1.2 million settlement with the family of Jordan Baker, a 26-year-old unarmed black man who was shot and killed by HPD officer Juventino Castro in 2014. Baker's family said his civil and constitutional rights were violated.

Castro was off-duty at the time of the shooting, working a second job as a security guard. According to police, Castro confronted Baker, there was a struggle and Baker ran, eventually charging back at the officer. Castro then fatally shot him.

A Houston grand jury declined to indict Castro, who is currently an active duty officer with HPD.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said the settlement resolves the matter and he believes it's a reasonable settlement for both sides.

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Jen Rice


Jen Rice is the City Hall reporter at Houston Public Media, where she covers topics like Houston City Council and housing. Jen was born and raised in Houston's 100-year floodplain. She graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University and has a master's degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs...

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