HOUSTON, TX – Body camera video released by the Houston Police Department on Tuesday, showing the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Jalen Randle, revealed that Officer Shane Privette had not finished shouting a command for the man to show his hands before shooting him.
The police department released nearly 10 minutes of body camera video showing the April 27 shooting death of Randle.
According to HPD, Privette was part of a tactical team with the department that had been searching for Randle to arrest him for three felony warrants – aggravated assault, evading arrest in a vehicle, and felon in a possession of a weapon.
The tactical team spotted Randle getting into the passenger seat of a silver SUV and tried to pull him over. The SUV took off and led police on a chase until officers stopped the vehicle with a PIT maneuver on the 8700 block of Josie Street, HPD said.
In the body camera footage, Randle can be seen exiting the vehicle holding a bag in his hand. The officer starts to give a command to Randle but shoots him before he finishes the sentence.
Officer Privette yells, “Let me see your hand – (gunshot) – oh shit!”
Two weeks after Randle’s death, the family’s legal team presented an independent autopsy that showed Randle had been shot in the back of the neck. A preliminary reference to the case from the Harris County Medical Examiner refers to a gunshot wound to the neck, however a full official autopsy has not been released.
Body-worn footage showed an officer examining the bag Randle was holding, which appeared to be zipped shut. A gun was found in the bag, however, the weapon did not appear to be visible when Privette opened fire.
Randle’s parents, Warren Randle and Tiffany Rachal, told ABC13, that the video was really tough for them to watch.
“I am at a point now where I am tired of crying. Now it’s time for me to fight and stand up for what’s right,” said Tiffany.
“In a matter of seconds, as soon as he got out of the car, he was shot. He never got a chance to even hear commands,” said Warren told ABC13.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents Randle’s family, said earlier in May that Randle was “running away from police with no visible weapon as he was shot.”
“The brutality displayed in this video is extremely disturbing,” said Crump in a statement. “From the officer firing a deadly shot seemingly as he ordered Jalen to put his hands up to the way they handcuffed and dragged his lifeless body across the ground. We demand full justice for Jalen Randle and his family. This officer needs to be held accountable immediately.”
Officer Privette was charged with aggravated assault by a public servant in 2019 for striking a man in the face two years earlier, but charges were dropped and he was exonerated.
HPD says Privette is currently on administrative duty, pending the outcome of the investigation.