Jalen Randle’s parents, Warren Randle and Tiffany Rachal, told ABC13 that it was really difficult for them to watch the video.
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“I’ve gotten to a point now where I’m tired of crying. Now it’s time for me to fight and stand up for what’s right,” Rachal said.
Houston police said they attempted to arrest Jalen Randle on three warrants on the afternoon of April 27.
Police say Jalen Randle got into a car with someone else and when officers tried to stop the car, the driver refused to stop. HPD said there was a chase and then when the SUV stopped, Jalen Randle got out from the passenger side and HPD Officer Privette shot him. HPD said Jalen Randle had a bag with a gun in it.
Jalen Randle’s family said the video showed he had no time to respond to the officer’s orders.
“As soon as he got out of the car, he was shot within seconds. He didn’t even get a chance to hear orders,” Warren Randle said.
When ABC13 asked Houston Police Officers Union President Doug Griffith about Jalen Randle’s parents’ concerns, he said he believed the shooting was justified and that Jalen Randle knew officers were trying to arrest him.
“We’ve got units behind him in a chase and we’ve got officers stopping and getting out in front of him, he obviously knew what the deal was. All he had to do was stick to it. Unfortunately it was a terrible result and I feel for the family. But again, if only he’d followed suit, we wouldn’t be in this situation now,” Griffith said. “I think it was fully justified with the fact that we have an armed suspect. He has multiple felony counts and whatnot If he has two objects, one in each hand, both black and spinning, officers can’t wait to find out if that’s a weapon or not.”
Right now, Jalen Randle’s family is struggling to accept that he is no longer there.
“He’ll never be able to go to his daughter’s graduation. It’s Tomorrow from Pre-K. He won’t be able to be there. It’s awful,” Warren Randle said.
They are also focused on getting justice and believe Officer Privette should be charged for what he did.
“This guy needs to be eliminated. You can’t have people like that on the street. We need police officers to protect and serve, of course, but not to kill,” Warren Randle said.
“At the end of the day my son is gone, this (official) is out and he needs to be charged,” Rachal said.
Officer Privette was indicted by a grand jury after he allegedly kneeled a drug suspect in the face during an arrest in 2017, but the charges were later dropped and he was exonerated.
According to HPD, Officer Privette is currently on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation. HPD had no further comment today as the investigation continues.
The Harris County Attorney’s Office says this case, like all shootings involving officers, will be brought before a grand jury.
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