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    Jonathan Price (31) was shot and killed by a police officer, Shaun Lucas, after Price broke up a domestic dispute; Lucas has been arrested for murder

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/06/us/jo...xas/index.html

    A police officer in Texas was arrested and charged with murder Monday following the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old Black man, authorities said.

    Wolfe City Police Officer Shaun Lucas responded to a call about a possible fight after 8 p.m. on October 3, at the 100 block of Santa Fe Street, according to a statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

    "Officer Lucas made contact with a man, later identified as 31-year-old Jonathan Price, who was reportedly involved in the disturbance. Officer Lucas attempted to detain Price, who resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away," according to the department.

    Lucas used his Taser and then fired his weapon, hitting Price, the statement said. Price died in a hospital shortly after, according to the statement.

    "The preliminary investigation indicates that the actions of Officer Lucas were not objectionably reasonable," it said.

    Lucas was booked into the Hunt County Jail by the Texas Rangers. CNN hasn't been able to determine if Lucas has a lawyer.

    Price's death follows a summer of outrage and demonstrations protesting the killings of Black Americans at the hands of police, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks.

    Price intervened in a domestic dispute, attorney says

    Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt identified Jonathan Price as a Wolfe City employee during a Monday news conference.

    The Price family is "grappling with the reality that they're never going to see Jonathan again in this lifetime," Merritt said.

    Merritt said Price had intervened in a domestic dispute before he was shot.

    "Mr. Price did not become violent, but there was a male who was aggressive towards a woman," said Merritt.

    "He intervened, and the situation was resolved before law enforcement arrived, according to witnesses," Merritt said. "Why this officer still felt the need to Tase and shoot Jonathan is beyond comprehension."

    Price's father, Junior Price, also spoke during the news conference. Visibly emotional, Price said, "I loved my son, and I tried to bring him up to do the right thing."

    Price also played football at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, according to head coach Jesse Burleson.

    "Jonathan Price was an awesome young man during his time with Cowboy Football. Was only with us for a short time in 2008 but was always a Cowboy. Prayers for comfort and peace for Jonathan's family," Burleson tweeted Sunday.

    Former Red Sox player Will Middlebrooks said Brooks was one of his childhood friends and was "a good man.

    "I'm sick. I'm heartbroken... and I'm furious," Middlebrooks wrote on Facebook.

    Middlebrooks also organized a GoFundMe page for Price's memorial and funeral, which has raised more than $67,000.

    Family attorney calls for videos, police reports

    According to Merritt, there is surveillance and police bodycam video that "likely caught what happened."

    "We want to see a copy of the video; we want to see the official police reports, which we haven't seen yet," Merritt said.

    Following the news of the arrest, Merritt tweeted in part, "This didn't happen quickly. It should (have) happened the day he murdered JP. John should still be here. This is step one. Let's see it through to justice."

    According to jail records, Lucas' bond has been set at $1 million.

    The investigation is being conducted by the Texas Rangers, along with the Wolfe City Police Department and the Hunt County District Attorney's Office.

    CNN has reached out to the Hunt County District Attorney's office, the Wolfe City mayor and the Texas Rangers for comment.

    Before the arrest, the Wolfe Police Department had declined to comment about the shooting beyond a Facebook post that said there was a shooting and the officer involved had been placed on leave pending an investigation.
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    Somehow the Police will try and blame Jonathan Price for the Domestic Dispute even though Price actually ended that. And Yes Black Lives Matter.




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    What the hell you expect we are lecturing men to be good Samaritans and Price gets killed for being a Samaritan. Somehow we preach to Blacks to be like Price and they get killed anyway by Police and the Officers Lawyers will call a dead Black Samaritan a Thug. Don't get me wrong I know in past Police Brutality cases it was Black poor mentally disabled people who were getting killed by the Police and now there is a petition out for this

    https://www.change.org/p/people-who-...jonathan-price

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    just a side note, Jonathan was FIONNNEE.
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    In all fairness, we have no idea how big this dude's cock was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnLanders View Post


    Update Shaun Lucas Mugshot got released.

    He looks like a super douche. Hopefully this time it sticks.
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
    ....or exchanging Puke's wang for spicy nuts.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Babe 73 View Post
    He looks like a super douche. Hopefully this time it sticks.
    Agreed!

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    https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2020/10/06/...o-steal-taser/

    Bingo!!

    HUNT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – The attorney for the Wolfe City police officer charged with murder after allegedly killing Jonathan Price says his client shot Price after he resisted and tried to take his Taser.

    Defense Attorney Robert L. Rogers represents Officer Shaun Lucas. He sent CBS 11 News the following statement:

    “Officer Lucas responded to a fight in progress call. He saw several people gathered at the front of the store. Mr. Price approached Officer Lucas. Mr. Price did not claim to be an uninvolved, innocent party. Officer Lucas told Mr. Price he was detained, and Mr. Price resisted. After Mr. Price refused repeated instructions and physically resisted, Officer Lucas deployed his Taser and continued to give Mr. Price instructions. Mr. Price resisted the effects of the Taser and attempted to take it away from Officer Lucas. Officer Lucas only discharged his weapon in accordance with Texas law when he was confronted with an aggressive assailant who was attempting to take his Taser. “

    Officer Lucas was arrested on October 5 and charged with the shooting death of Price, who had allegedly intervened in a domestic violence incident outside a convenience store.

    Earlier on Tuesday Hunt County District Attorney Noble Walker issued a statement concerning the case that said, in part, “Though an arrest has been made, our office has not received the case from the Texas Rangers as it remains an active and ongoing investigation. As is customary, this case will be filed with our office once the investigation is complete.”

    During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing the family, responded saying, “A prosecutor is responsible, they have investigators in that office, who are responsible to coordinate with the Texas Rangers. This is not the Texas Rangers investigation alone, but it is the responsibility of the elected prosecutor of Hunt County to actively participate in this investigation, to lead and direct the Rangers.”

    On Monday the Texas Rangers, who are handling the investigation, gave some brief details about what happened on the evening of October 3. The statement they released said, in part –

    “Officer Lucas attempted to detain Price, who resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away. Officer Lucas deployed his Taser followed by discharging his service weapon striking Price. EMS was notified and Price was transported to Hunt Regional Hospital, where he later died. The preliminary investigation indicates that the actions of Officer Lucas were not objectionably reasonable.”

    Still referring to DA Noble’s recent statement, Merritt said, “We found very problematic his statement that the Rangers will present the case to the grand jury. Absolutely not, his office will present this case to the grand jury — through the Rangers.”

    Before Lucas was arrested Price’s family said there was video of the shooting and that the Wolfe City police chief had seen it and “wasn’t happy with what he saw.”

    Law enforcement agencies haven’t confirmed the claims about the domestic violence disturbance, but family and friends of Price said the one-time college football player was being a Good Samaritan when he was shot.

    Hundreds of people marched through Wolfe City on Monday night, peacefully protesting and holding a candlelight vigil for Price.

    Former MLB player Will Middlebrooks, a childhood friend of Price, set up a “Justice for Jonathan” GoFundMe page, that as of Tuesday afternoon had raised more than $82,000. Middlebrooks said his friend was “singled out” for his skin color.

    CBS 11 News has learned that Lucas had been an officer for less than six months. The 22-year-old has been put on administrative leave and is being held on a $1 million bond.

    Rogers also represented former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger during her murder trial of Botham Jean, which gained international notoriety
    I knew Officer Lucas Lawyer was gonna blame the victim here it was when.

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    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ey/5905092002/

    New Defense out on Ex Officer lucas

    An attorney for the white Texas police officer charged for murder after fatally shooting a Black man outside a convenience store last weekend said his client discharged his weapon "in accordance with Texas law" after Jonathan Price tried to take away his taser.

    The Texas Rangers charged Wolfe City officer Shaun Lucas with murder on Monday night. The 22-year-old was booked into the Hunt County Jail, where his bail was set at $1 million, according to jail records.

    "Officer Lucas only discharged his weapon in accordance with Texas law when he was confronted with an aggressive assailant who was attempting to take his taser," Robert L. Rogers, the attorney, told USA TODAY in an emailed statement Tuesday.

    Lucas shot Price after responding to a disturbance call Saturday night "for a possible fight in progress," officials said.

    The officer tried to detain Price "who resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away," according to the Rangers' statement. Lucas then used a Taser on Price before shooting him with his service weapon, officials said.

    "The preliminary investigation indicates that the actions of Officer Lucas were not objectionably reasonable," officials said.

    Lucas had been with the Wolfe City Police Department for less than six months, according to records from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He previously worked as a jailer with the Hunt County's Sheriff's Office for about five months.

    Price was a former Hardin-Simmons University student and football player. He worked in his hometown as a city employee and personal trainer.

    Kyla Sanders, who was at a store across the street at the time of the shooting, told WFAA-TV that Price was a "pillar of the community."

    The 31-year-old's mother, Marcella Louis, said she was able to sleep Monday night after learning of the officer's arrest.

    "My son didn't deserve this," she said. "He really didn't. He helped everybody in this community and had a big heart and spirit. I'm going to miss just seeing his smiling face."

    Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing Price's family, said the murder charge is a "step" toward justice.

    "This is step one. Let’s see it through to justice," Merritt said on Twitter.

    Contributing: N'dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAY; Jordan Hofeditz, Abilene (Texas) Reporter News; The Associated Press

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...id=mailsignout

    Affidavit: Man fatally shot by Texas cop offered handshake

    Black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a small East Texas city had offered a handshake to the officer, asking if he was “doing good,” as the officer arrived at a convenience store to check out a report of a fight, according to a court document released Wednesday.

    According to the affidavit, written by a Texas Ranger, the entire interaction between the two on Oct. 3 was captured on a body camera. That footage has not been released.

    The affidavit said that when Lucas arrived at the convenience store because of a “possible fight” he was greeted by Price, who asked the officer “you doing good” several times and extended his hand in a handshake gesture. Price apologized for broken glass on the ground, telling the officer someone had tried “to wrap me up.”

    The affidavit says Lucas thought Price was intoxicated and tried to detain him. Price said “I can't be detained” as Lucas grabbed at his arm and used verbal commands. When Lucas produced a stun gun, Price began to walk away.

    After Lucas deployed the stun gun, which wasn't fully effective, Price walked toward him and appeared to reach out to grab the end of the stun gun, the affidavit said. The affidavit said that Lucas then fired four times, striking Price in the upper torso. Price was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

    In a statement Monday announcing that Lucas had been charged, the Texas Rangers said that Price “resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away,” and that the officer’s actions weren’t “reasonable.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...id=mailsignout

    Affidavit: Man fatally shot by Texas cop offered handshake
    Expect more victim blaming by the Shaun Lucas Lawyers. Hell No!

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    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...jm4-story.html

    Update Shaun Lucas is fired


    The white Texas police officer charged with murdering a Black man was fired by his city Thursday.

    Shaun Lucas, 22, fatally shot Jonathan Price, 31, on Oct. 3 and was charged with murder three days later.


    The city of Wolfe City canned Lucas for an “egregious violation” of department policy when killing Price, the city announced in a press release.

    Family and friends said Price was breaking up a fight at a gas station in the 1,500-person town, about 65 miles northeast of Dallas, when Lucas arrived. According to an affidavit, Price offered Lucas a handshake and asked how he was doing.


    Despite the friendly greeting, Lucas assumed Price was drunk and tried to arrest him, according to the affidavit. After Lucas fired an ineffective Taser blast, Price appeared to reach for the stun gun, the affidavit said. At that point, Lucas fired four bullets into Price’s torso, killing him.

    The shooting was recorded on Lucas' body camera, but that footage has not yet been publicly released.


    Price was a former college football player whose friends described him as a “hometown hero.”

    Lucas was a Wolfe City police officer for just six months before his Thursday firing.

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/te...id=mailsignout

    Texas police officer antagonized people in small town prior to shooting, residents say

    Few people knew his real name, but in the short six months that Shaun Lucas patrolled this tiny Texas community, he earned a reputation.

    Black residents of Wolfe City, a town of 1,400 people about 70 miles north of Dallas, warned each other about the “new cop” and the harassing behavior a growing list of people had experienced over minor violations that would raise nary an eyebrow in the quiet community before Lucas arrived.

    Residents say the 22-year-old officer had been overly aggressive with his traffic enforcement and berated longtime Black locals. At least one former resident who had moved out of town resisted visiting her parents within city limits, just to avoid Lucas. Black men told The Post about antagonistic interactions with the officer after being mistakenly arrested for public intoxication. Residents, both White and Black, shared a Facebook post in August warning of “another mean police officer” stopping “everything that moves at night.”

    “Where the hell did he come from?” a bemused Veronica Brown questioned this week during a conversation with her sister and daughter outside their home. “He is the worst cop Wolfe City ever had.”
    On Thursday, Wolfe City fired Lucas — one of three officers on its roll — citing the fatal shooting. City attorney Daniel Ray said he did not think any complaints had been filed against Lucas before that incident. And a former employer in his hometown of Rockwall, Tex., rejected the characterizations of Lucas he had seen in news reports and on social media.

    “They’re making him sound like this redneck, you know, KKK member,” said Samee Dowlatshahi, owner of Samee’s Pizza Getti Restaurant. “Nothing like that. He’s nothing like that.”

    But the more than a dozen residents who spoke to The Post described Lucas’s conduct as an anomaly for a town as small as Wolfe City, where people know their police chief and sergeant by their first names. Law enforcement officers typically would have known that Price — a beloved city worker, neighbor and friend — was not a threat, they said.

    When Lucas, a rookie fresh out of the police academy, came upon Price at the local Kwik Chek convenience store last Saturday following a call about a “possible fight in progress,” nothing went down as it normally would in Wolfe City. The encounter began with a seemingly anodyne greeting before quickly turning violent, according to an investigator’s account.
    It is extremely rare for the Texas Rangers to recommend murder charges against an officer who kills someone while on duty. In a statement, the Texas Department of Public Safety — which includes the Texas Rangers — said Price “resisted in a nonthreatening posture” before the officer used his Taser and gun, concluding that Lucas’s actions were “not justifiable force.”

    Lucas’s attorney, Robert L. Rogers, objected to that conclusion in a statement Tuesday, describing Price as “an aggressive assailant who was attempting to take his taser.”

    Price family attorneys say multiple witnesses told them that Price had been trying to stop a fight between a man and a woman inside the store before Lucas arrived. The witnesses told the family that Price raised his hands when Lucas appeared with an aggressive posture and was not close enough to grab the Taser, said attorney Blerim Elmazi.

    “The situation already was calm. There was no problem” when Lucas arrived, said Elmazi, an attorney who works with social justice lawyer S. Lee Merritt. “Officer Lucas completely and unreasonably escalated a situation when there really was no situation to begin with.”

    Many heartbroken city residents have rallied around their native son as news of his fatal shooting ricocheted through neighbors’ Facebook pages, and they condemned the officer’s actions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/te...id=mailsignout

    Texas police officer antagonized people in small town prior to shooting, residents say
    https://www.change.org/p/rockwall-in...hite-supremacy

    Here is another allegation on Shaun Lucas

    Yesterday, we learned that in Wolfe City, TX, a hometown hero and pillar of the small town’s African-American community was shot and killed by a police officer after he intervened to resolve a domestic violence dispute and had demonstrated his innocence. The officer who killed him, Shaun Lucas, went to my high school and during my time at Rockwall Heath-High School, he was among a handful of students who would burnish confederate memorabilia and make other Black students feel unsafe and unwelcome.

    This summer, we led activism in my hometown for racial justice, calling on the superintendent to move towards establishing more inclusive campuses and releasing a statement in solidarity for their black students. We gathered testimonies from black students and alum from Rockwall ISD’s high schools. I have shared the link here. It is extremely painful to read, but it speaks to how pervasive white supremacy is in the district in how little action was ever done. Some of the accounts of the survey implicate situations in which Shaun Lucas was involved. After reviewing the survey responses, the superintendent and the district never did release a statement of solidarity even when specifically asked by a coalition of black students alumni.
    Some of the people within the Black Lives Matter Movement accuse Shaun Lucas for White Supremacy going back to his high school years.

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    https://www.oxygen.com/crime-news/jo...tory-of-racism

    More details on the fallout

    The white Texas police officer who tased and fatally shot Jonathan Price at a small town gas station this month is allegedly known by a number of locals for his overly-aggressive policing tactics.

    Shaun Lucas, the Wolfe City police officer in question, had been on the force for less than six months before carrying out the deadly arrest of Price, an unarmed 31-year-old Black man.

    Before Price’s shooting, however, Lucas had already cemented his reputation as an overzealous rookie with a tendency to harass the town’s Black residents, a number of locals claim, according to an investigation by the Washington Post.

    In the weeks following Lucas’ arrival in the small Texas town of 1,400 people, residents used social media to warn their neighbors about the “new cop.” The 22-year-old police officer, locals complained, was “another mean police officer” who pulled over “everything that moves at night.” Where the hell did he come from?” Veronica Brown, a Wolfe City resident, told the Washington Post. “He is the worst cop Wolfe City ever had.”

    Lucas arrested Brown’s 65-year-old cousin, she claimed, after the young police officer mistakenly suspected her elderly relative was intoxicated due to a limp.

    “He thought I was drunk,” the man, James Alton Brown, told the Post. “So he took me to jail.”

    The charges were ultimately dropped, the newspaper reported.

    Other Black residents, too, questioned Lucas’ overzealous approach to law enforcement — and went out of their way to avoid him.

    “His vibe was off,” Alexandria Childs recalled her father cautioning her, the Post reported.

    Childs, a Black woman, also said her family warned her to “be careful” when she “came to town” because of Lucas.

    Lee Merritt, Price's family attorney, who also represents Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd's relatives, called Price's shooting a "huge tragedy" on Wednesday. The family's lawyer, too, suspects Lucas has a “history of racism.”

    “I can’t tell you what was in the head of Mr. Lucas,” Merritt told Oxygen.com. “I can tell you that he was a white officer, that he has a history of racism, and that he shot a Black man without justification.”

    On Oct. 3, Wolfe City police responded to a “possible fight” at a rural filling station, Texas Rangers said in a statement. There, Lucas encountered Price, who reportedly had helped break up the skirmish, according to his family’s lawyer.

    Price, who first greeted Lucas — and extended his arm to shake his hand — was eventually tased several times and shot once in the torso by the police officer following a brief struggle, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com.

    “The officer, at some point, told Jon that he was going to be detained — Jon walked away,” Merritt added. “He did not want to be detained. He was not interested in being detained, at which point Jon was tased."

    After Lucas tased Price, he opened fire, letting off four rounds.

    “The taser did not take Jon to the ground but it did cause his body to tense up and convulse from the shock,” Merritt explained. “While he was tensing up and convulsing from the shock he was shot.”

    One bullet struck Pierce’s upper torso. Three other bullets were found lodged in an ice freezer at the gas station, according to the Post. Price was later pronounced dead at Hunt Regional Hospital. Body camera footage of the incident hasn’t yet been made available to the public.

    Texas Rangers, who arrested Lucas and have recommended murder charges, said his actions were “not objectionably unreasonable.”

    “From my initial investigation, I can’t find a valid justification for the use of force,” Merritt said.

    On Oct. 3, Wolfe City police responded to a “possible fight” at a rural filling station, Texas Rangers said in a statement. There, Lucas encountered Price, who reportedly had helped break up the skirmish, according to his family’s lawyer.

    Price, who first greeted Lucas — and extended his arm to shake his hand — was eventually tased several times and shot once in the torso by the police officer following a brief struggle, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com.

    “The officer, at some point, told Jon that he was going to be detained — Jon walked away,” Merritt added. “He did not want to be detained. He was not interested in being detained, at which point Jon was tased."

    After Lucas tased Price, he opened fire, letting off four rounds.

    “The taser did not take Jon to the ground but it did cause his body to tense up and convulse from the shock,” Merritt explained. “While he was tensing up and convulsing from the shock he was shot.”

    One bullet struck Pierce’s upper torso. Three other bullets were found lodged in an ice freezer at the gas station, according to the Post. Price was later pronounced dead at Hunt Regional Hospital. Body camera footage of the incident hasn’t yet been made available to the public.

    Texas Rangers, who arrested Lucas and have recommended murder charges, said his actions were “not objectionably unreasonable.”

    “From my initial investigation, I can’t find a valid justification for the use of force,” Merritt said.

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