A Dallas County, Texas grand jury declined to indict two officers who shot and killed a mentally ill black man who was holding a screwdriver on his doorstep last June. A federal civil-rights lawsuit is still pending.
Officers John Rodgers and Andrew Hutchins answered a call by Shirley Harrison, requesting help with her son, whom she described as “just off the chain” and a “bipolar schizo.” As Jason Harrison, 38, appeared in the doorway behind his mother holding a small screwdriver, the officers opened fire. Harrison was shot six times in the chest, arm and back, dying on the scene.
The video of the incident, recorded by the officers’ body cameras, was finally released last month by the Harrison family, which filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in October. The officers are scheduled to be deposed in that case on Friday.