The difference between being a white police officer pointing a gun versus being a black man pointing a gun: compare the results of former police officer David James Vitrella’s stand off with Houston SWAT with the death of Reginald Sumbler this past August.
Vitrella was not killed by the shots fired by multiple police officers when he pointed a gun at them. Reginald Sumbler was. Vitrella had broken in and held his wife hostage. Reginald Sumbler had called to report that he was suicidal and needed help.
Welcome to Houston.
We have a culture of self protection and second amendment rights in Houston. Is it surprising that a 74 year old woman would have a gun? Is it surprising that a 74 year old woman might also be suffering from dementia?
In comes the HPD SWAT team to save the day. After being seen with a pistol in her hand, neighbors quickly called SWAT on the elderly woman. SWAT team negotiated with the woman to surrender after watching her sweep her apartment and listening to her on the phone “ramble about various subjects”.
Another example of excessive force brought to you by HPD.