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Protesters seek indictment in woman’s death during arrest by Baytown police

May 15, 2019

Dozens of protesters, led by rapper Trae Tha Truth, gathered in an east Houston parking lot to call for an indictment in the death of a woman who was fatally shot during an encounter with a Baytown police officer.

“At the end of the day, my main thing is I don’t want this to be a situation where it gets swept under the rug,” Trae Tha Truth said.

Baytown police have yet to identify the officer who shot and killed Pamela Turner, 44, while trying to arrest her at her apartment complex on Garth Road. Police said that Turner attempted to use the officer’s own Taser against him before he fired five shots.

Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who’s working with Turner’s family, said that the woman had paranoid schizophrenia, meaning the officer had a duty to respond differently in arresting her.

“Certain procedures should have taken place,” he said. “You don’t approach someone that you know to be suffering from a mental health condition the same way that you approach the average citizen.”

The Baytown Police Department hasn’t identified the officer, who is an 11-year veteran. A spokesman said they will investigate whether Turner had mental health issues, and whether that was known to the officer.

samantha.ketterer@chron.com