By Paul Alexander
On a Fourth of July night in 2009, off-duty Houston police officer Tommy Harris was once assaulted via a stranger with possible no own motivation. In an instinctive try to safeguard himself, Harris wrestled his assailant to the ground—where he died inside of minutes.
To many, Harris' activities appeared like comprehensible self-defense. yet he was once quickly stuck up in a media frenzy because the neighborhood District legal professional latched onto the case as a part of his bid for re-election. Paul Alexander's account of the botched police research, the District Attorney's competitive zeal, and the ordeal of a guy stuck among the 2 demonstrates real literary prowess and a deep knowing of the style. the writer of the best-selling titles Murdered, Homicidal, and Mistried, Alexander presents compelling storytelling and new eye-witness bills to convey this tale to life.
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A prime journalist with a occupation spanning many years, Paul Alexander has...
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Even though Tommy pulled his arms behind his back, the man tried to buck back up. ” Tommy yelled. “We’re not going to hurt you. ” But despite their best efforts to hold him down, the man popped up on all fours. This time, Beau seized both legs and, pulling them out from under him, took him to the ground again. As the man shouted in Nigerian, Tommy finally secured his arms behind his back. He could have cuffed him if he had had handcuffs but he didn’t. Instead, Beau instructed Tommy to put weight on the man’s lower back with his knee.
Virata asked. ” “I do not want to make a statement,” Tommy answered. At Virata’s request, Officer Richard Novak led Tommy to a holding cell where he was to remain until Virata and other detectives interviewed the witnesses. On their way to the cell, Novak asked Tommy if he was hungry. “No, I’m fine,” Tommy said. ” Before he could enter the holding cell, Tommy had to empty his pockets and take off his shoes. Then, as he sat in the cell barefoot, everything that had happened that night came crashing down on him.
He’s non-responsive. ” Returning to the incapacitated man, Pavlock asked Tommy to retrieve his wallet. Pulling it from the man’s back pocket, Tommy handed it to Pavlock, who took out a Texas Driver’s License. It was now they determined who the man was—Sylvanus Obodefe Oklueleigbe, 5' 6", 197 pounds, 30 years old. As they waited for the fire department, Pavlock pulled Beau aside and asked him what happened. “While he was in the parking lot,” Pavlock later said Beau told him, “the guy got out of his car and made a beeline toward my female bartender.