HOUSTON – The father of a man shot and killed by Houston police officers in April said Monday he wants videos connected to the shooting released.
Nicolas Chavez was shot and killed April 21. Police said they believed the 27-year-old had a “pointed object” and charged at officers. A cellphone video recorded by a witness appeared to show Chavez on his knees when he was shot by officers. Houston police have not released video from body cameras worn by officers the night of the shooting.
“The truth is in the videos,” said Nicolas Chavez’s father, Joaquín Chavez.
Joaquín Chavez said he has not been contacted by any law enforcement officials to speak on his son’s behalf. He said he has also not been asked to view the videos connected to his son’s death.
“I need information about what happened,” Joaquín Chavez said.
Joaquín Chavez made his remarks during a news conference held by the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice, during which organizers called for the Houston Police Department to release videos connected to six officer-involved shootings that have happened in recent months.
Monday’s news conference came after Houston police Chief Art Acevedo was joined over the weekend by Chavez’s widow and family members of other people killed in those shootings who said they understood why Acevedo is reluctant to release the videos. Jessica Chavez has repeatedly said she did not want any video of her late husband’s last moments released because the cellphone video was graphic enough.
You can watch a replay of Monday’s news conference below.