Justice For Jamail Amron - Demand For Criminal Charges Against Constable Who Murdered Him!

Justice For Jamail Amron - Demand For Criminal Charges Against Constable Who Murdered Him!

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Stacy Amron started this petition to President Joe Biden and

Jamail Amron was murdered by Harris County Precinct 4 Constables and the constable responsible for his death has not been brought to justice. 

On the early morning hours of September 30, 2010 Jamail Amron called 911 for help.  Little did he know it would cost him his life.  The call was made from a payphone just outside his apartment. Moments later paramedics arrived where they assessed him. Jamail Amron apologized to them and said he didn't want their help and proceeded to walk on foot to the Burger King across from his apartments.  The manager at the Burger King gave him a cup of water to drink through the drive thru window and he proceeded to sit on the curb near the window to drink the water.

Moments later a deputy arrived at the scene, pulled into the drive-thru, and jumped from his car shouting aggressively at Jamail telling him he would not hesitate to "f* him up" if he tried to hurt him.  Several other Harris County deputy constables and paramedics arrived. And though Amron was sitting on a curb calmly drinking his water, one of the deputies handcuffed him and dragged him to an ambulance.
He broke away and ran toward the restaurant where he shouted out for help, telling the Burger King workers to call his mom and screamed out her phone number. Four officers tackled him, held him down and had paramedics inject a sedative into him,
Jamail's body went slack and as he lied helpless on the ground one of the constables put his boot over his nose and mouth for several minutes.

After more then 15 minutes in which no medics or officers checked Amron’s vital signs, he was loaded onto an ambulance and taken away. Officers then marked the scene with yellow tape and told the witnesses Jamail had died.


In September 2012, his parents Barbara Coats and Ali Amron sued Harris County, the Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 4, seven of its officers, Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services and three of its paramedics for excessive force, false arrest, unreasonable search and seizure, denial of medical treatment, failure to intervene and civil rights violations. Amron’s parents were awarded $11 million in 2017 after a jury in the county seat Houston found the constable liable for his death, and Harris County at fault for not barring deputies from placing their feet on people in their custody.

A state appeals court reduced the award to $1 million in February 2020 and deemed the constable alone responsible for paying it.  That constable, who still works for the constable’s office, found a way to avoid paying the judgment: he declared bankruptcy and got it discharged.

With appeals from Amron’s parents still pending, Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee, the first Black person elected as the county’s chief lawyer, announced late April he had taken the advice of his staff attorneys, who recommended settling the case after evaluating the facts of the incident, the legal issues and the history of the case.


“After nearly a decade in the courts, I am glad this lawsuit—which I inherited from my predecessor—has come to a close,” Menefee told the Houston Chronicle.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Amron’s death reminded her of George Floyd, a Black man whose death in police custody resulted in the murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin last month. Hidalgo is the county’s elected chief executive, not a court judge.


“In 2010 Jamail Amron died handcuffed & under the foot of a Harris County constable. The facts of his case were eerily similar to George Floyd’s. We’ve signed off on County Attorney Christian D. Menefee settling the family’s long-standing suit against the county, and giving them the justice they deserve,” she wrote on social media.

Jamail’s autopsy says he died of cocaine poisoning. But an expert hired by the family found he’d suffocated as there was little cocaine in his system.
Jamail, who would have turned 35 in February, had a lot going for him. He managed a restaurant and was pursuing an engineering degree at a junior college. He loved to play soccer, a passion he shared with his dad. He had a full life ahead of him before Harris  County Precinct 4 Constables robbed him of that....

The settlement was merely a fraction of what was originally awarded to Jamail Amron's family. It barely covered the legal fees and doesn't even recoup the amount of money the family has spent the last ten years fighting for justice.

Today I come to you for help. Jamail Amron is my brother. His loss to my family has been devastated. It is a loss we relive every single day. It is a pain that is never mute. In a time where everyone is screaming "social justice" and "police reform" my brother's case goes unnoticed by the justice department.  Harris County thinks by awarding my family a small settlement we will walk away but they are wrong. They can take their chump change. We want justice.  We want the man responsible for Jamail Amron's death to pay for his crimes.  We want that man off the streets and away from the people he vowed to serve and protect, a vow that he broke the night he murdered my brother.   Law Enforcement continues to abuse their power across the United States as no action is taken against them. My family demands for justice for Jamail! His murderer must be charged for his crimes!

This petition is made before the attorney general and all authority who have the power to act and bring criminal charges against the man responsible for Jamail Amron's murder. We demand action!

https://www.facebook.com/LinaHidalgoTX/posts/3459593894143129

https://www.courthousenews.com/texas-county-settles-suit-over-mans-death-in-police-custody-a-decade-ago/

 



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