Calls for justice abound at funeral for woman fatally shot by Baytown officer

May 23, 2019

Activists called on the U.S. Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into the death of Pamela Turner, moments after the funeral of the woman who was shot and killed by a Baytown officer on May 13.

The funeral coincided with the day that the Baytown Police Department announced that the officer in the shooting, Juan Delacruz, has returned back to work on administrative duty. Such developments in the case have only spurred supporters to call for full investigations that would lead to legal remedies for Turner’s family.

“If he’s going to work, let him know that we’re going to work too,” Rev. Al Sharpton said during a eulogy.

Turner’s relatives remembered the woman as a wonderful mother who always supported those she loved. She was a great cook, a nurturing person and was adored by her family, they said.

She had a good relationship with God, and her message of awareness for mental illness issues will continue, her sister, Antoinette Dorsey-James said. Turner was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

“Pam was existing on this earth,” Dorsey-James said. “Now, she lives.”

Delacruz was attempting to arrest Turner on open warrants when they began to struggle at her apartment complex at 1601 Garth, police said. The officer deployed a Taser on her, after which Turner used the device against him, Baytown police said.

A bystander video showed Delacruz struggling with Turner while standing over her. He appeared to be backing away as five gunshots sounded, according to the video.

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