By Paul Alexander
On a Fourth of July night in 2009, off-duty Houston police officer Tommy Harris was once assaulted by means of a stranger with probably no own motivation. In an instinctive try to safeguard himself, Harris wrestled his assailant to the ground—where he died inside of minutes.
To many, Harris' activities gave the impression of comprehensible self-defense. yet he used to be quickly stuck up in a media frenzy because the neighborhood District legal professional latched onto the case as a part of his bid for re-election. Paul Alexander's account of the botched police research, the District Attorney's competitive zeal, and the ordeal of a guy stuck among the 2 demonstrates precise literary prowess and a deep realizing of the style. the writer of the best-selling titles Murdered, Homicidal, and Mistried, Alexander offers compelling storytelling and new eye-witness debts to deliver this tale to life.
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Tommy wanted to know whether the guy was going to be okay. He wanted to express that he wasn’t trying to hurt him and had no idea what had happened. ” But Ramirez made it clear he didn’t want to have a private conversation. “Mr. Harris wishes to add something to his prior statement,” Ramirez said into his digital recorder before holding it up to Tommy’s mouth. “Never mind,” Tommy said. He had been a police officer long enough to know what was happening. He was now going to be treated like a suspect, not a law enforcement officer who had landed in a situation where he had to defend himself—and all because he was being a Good Samaritan.
The man rammed his chest into Tommy’s outstretched arm. He then threw a punch at Tommy’s head, which Tommy dodged. Worried about the metal object, Tommy went for the man’s hand, determined to make him release whatever he was holding. ” Tommy shouted, grabbing the man’s hand. ” The man didn’t let up. His aggression continued. Soon Tommy and the man were engaged in an all-out physical struggle. Clutching him by the head and arm, Tommy slid behind him. He still tried to pry open his hand. When the man finally did let go, the object hit the ground with a clang, cards scattering across the pavement.
He was not big on shades of grey,” a friend says. “To him, something was either right or wrong. ” Tommy attended Alief Hastings High School, where he excelled in football—not surprising considering he and his father had been tossing the football in the back yard since he was old enough to catch. After graduation, Tommy took classes at the University of Texas, and later Wharton County Junior College, but mostly he was putting in time until he turned 21, the minimum age for entrance in the Houston Police Academy.
Accused by Paul Alexander