The victim’s stepdaughter, Tamica Burns, said: “The family shouldn’t be trying to raise money to bury him when the city of Houston or HPD has essentially killed him.
Just before 6 p.m. in Sunnyside, two HPD officers responded to an assist following a chase involving carjacking suspects.
Officers were driving on Reed Road when they lost control, went to the curb and killed 62-year-old Michael Wayne Jackson.
Burns said: “He had a great sense of humour. He likes to sing. He likes to write poetry.
Burns said Jackson was getting a haircut when the tragedy struck.
Besides grief, Burns said the stress of trying to arrange a funeral was almost too much for her mother to bear.
“She’s grieving. She’s stressed. Now we have to find the money to bury him, and that’s not fair. That’s not right,” Burns said.
Burns said two officers arrived earlier this week to offer condolences and information about nonprofits that could help them.
“For them to just walk out and say sorry, that’s it, then turn up with a pamphlet that says ‘Here are some nonprofits.’ Travis McGee, a community activist and longtime Sunnyside resident, said.
McGee feels strongly about the city’s responsibility to do more to help the Jackson family.
“The city needs to fix it,” said McGee. “They need to take care of this family. They need to make sure they’re good.”
The HPD said the two officers involved in the crash were both 25 years old and had worked for the department for less than two years. As the investigation continues, both are on administrative leave.
The DA’s office said when its investigation is finished, it will be referred to a grand jury.
The family has one $7,000 fundraising goal to cover Jackson’s funeral expenses.
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