Juan Carlos Chapa, 33, was shot and killed by police officers in Mission, Texas.
In July 2019 Chapa called his mother and asked her to pay for him at the store, since she was nearby. She paid for him and noticed he was in distress. She told him to go home. After that she drove away and noticed a police officer a few blocks away. She told her son was in distress and needed help. A few minutes later the officer shot and killed Chapa.
According to the city, when the officer tried to make contact with the man, he began to run away and firing. Officers started shooting at him. A few hours later, Carlos died in a hospital from his injuries.
In June 2021, Chapa’s family filed a lawsuit against the city and the police department, accusing them of using excessive that resulted in Carlos’ death. The lawsuit alleges that the city and officers violated Chapa’s constitutional rights by ignoring his mental and medical needs.
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The lawsuit alleges police officers were indifferent to Chapa’s medical needs and “extremely slow to respond, reluctant to secure medical assistance and appreciative of the certain death of Juan Carlos.”
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