Last Updated on January 17, 2023
Leftwing activists and black civil rights organizations have called for charges to be pressed against the man who shot and killed an armed robber in a Houston taco shop earlier this month.
One member of the New Black Panther Nation, Quanell X, said the patron who shot the armed robber had “no justification to walk up on him [the armed robber] and put multiple shots, then leave with the weapon and come back and shoot him in the head again.”
The New Black Panther Nation is a black separatist group described as the “most extreme organized racist” group in the US.
“I know for a fact that this was not just a simple act of a good citizen defending himself. There was no justification to walk up on him and put multiple shots, then leave with the weapon and come back and shoot him in the head again. That’s too much,” Quanell X contested, according to KHOU 11.
“He had a right to protect himself. He had a right to use deadly force, but he went beyond that, and he stood over that young man and pumped bullet after bullet into him. That’s overkill,” the activist added, before calling on the grand jury to indict the taco shop patron.
Quanell X was speaking outside the taco shop, Ranchito Taqueria, with Dr. Candice Matthews, a member of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and members of the armed robber’s family.
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a civil rights activist organization founded by Rev. Jesse Jackson which is funded by a variety of big businesses like Target, Comcast, GM, Shell, and more.
Matthews echoed Quanell X’s comments, saying, “He turned around, he shot the man, took the gun, put it on the counter, then came back, shot him repeatedly, and then turned around and shot him execution style and then walked off.”
Video footage of the incident may contrast with Quanell X and Matthews’ narrative.
A customer at Ranchito Taqueria shot and killed a man who robbed the restaurant in southwest Houston late Thursday night
the customer who shot the robber in the video has not been identified and is not charged at this time. pic.twitter.com/mmzpg5UeqW
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The robber was identified to be Eric Eugene Washington, a 30-year-old who was sentenced to 15 years in prison over an aggravated robbery he commited in 2015. Washington lucked out in 2021, receiving parole. However, the criminal was charged with aggravated assault in December.
The 30-year-old was out on bond when he attempted to rob the taco shop.
The shooter would like to keep his identity anonymous. “This event has been very traumatic, taking a human life is something he does not take lightly and will burden him for the rest of his life,” a statement from the man’s lawyer, Juan Guerra Jr. reads.
The full statement is:
“My client, who wishes to remain anonymous, was dining with a friend at El Ranchito Taqueria and as it has been seen on video a robbery suspect entered the restaurant, pointed a weapon at my client and the other customers demanding money. In fear of his life and his friend’s life, my client acted to protect everyone in the restaurant.
“In Texas, a shooting is justified in self-defense, defense of others and in defense of property. The customer has met with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and investigators with HPD homicide. He fully intends to continue cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
“When the investigation is complete, this case will be presented to a grand jury. We are confident that a grand jury will conclude that the shooting was justified under Texas law.
“This event has been very traumatic. Taking a human life is something he does not take lightly and will burden him for the rest of his life. For that reason, he wishes to remain anonymous. Due to the overwhelming coverage, we ask the media and the public to respect his privacy.”
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