Bexar County, TX — In December 2017, the Free Thought Project reported on the tragic death of 6-year-old Kameron Prescott whose life was stolen from him when police opened fire on an unarmed woman suspected of stealing a car. In June of 2018, the mother of the little boy who was gunned down by police found out that the cops who killed her son all went back to work. Then, in March of this year, the family found out that none of the officers responsible for the death of her son will face charges. After the system refused to hold itself accountable, this week, the family filed a lawsuit against Bexar county and the taxpayers will be held liable instead.
As KSAT reports, Kameron Prescott’s father, Shane Prescott, will join attorney Tom Crosley Monday morning in a news conference announcing the lawsuit. The complaint names Bexar County, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar and four Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputies, according to a news release from the attorney’s office.
Last year, the Bexar County District Attorney provided the department with clearance letters, allowing the deputies to report to full duty after being on administrative leave during the investigation. After a six month paid vacation for killing a child, the cops went back to work.
Then in March, a Bexar County grand jury decided that all the officers involved in the boy's death will face no charges.
"I’m livid," said Rubi Prescott, Kameron's mother, in regard to the decision.
In December 2017, the incident received widespread coverage as the mainstream media reported that Kameron was hit with a "stray bullet." However, this bullet was anything but "stray." The shot that killed young Kameron was deliberately fired at an unarmed woman.
The officers' guns did not accidentally go off. Deputies John Aguillon, George Herrera, Jesse Arias and Johnny Longoria all deliberately shot at an unarmed woman, and their fear, poor judgment, and carelessness led to the death of an innocent child.
Adding insult to death, Rubi had to find out in the media that the cops who killed her son when they shot and killed an unarmed woman, would be returning to work.
"I just wish they would’ve had compassion, that they would’ve had the courtesy to tell me what is going on before they told the rest of the world. I gave birth to my child you would think that I’d be able to get told something like this first before the media or anyone else," Prescott said last year.
Although Kameron didn't live in the home in which he was gunned down by police, it was his father's house and he was visiting him after getting out of school early on that fateful Thursday for Christmas break.
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"He was saying to his grandpa that he didn't want to be there," his uncle said at the time. "All day, he was saying he didn't have a good feeling. He was telling his dad he wanted to call his mom and didn't want to be there. He just kind of knew it wasn't going to be a good day."
"If it is the police, we hope that you hold your people accountable," Gonzales said. "I am sorry that it comes to this, but y'all are people just like us at the end of the day. Y'all deserve to be held accountable. It is a Constitutional right. Y'all just killed a little boy, it was y'all. There's no weapon, so it wasn't that lady."
Had a regular citizen opened fire on an unarmed woman and killed an innocent child in the process, rest assured that they would be sitting in a jail cell right this moment. However, because the people who killed this unarmed woman and child are police officers, there will be no #JusticeForKameron.
Naturally, the sheriff's department claimed the officers acted appropriately—by opening fire on an unarmed woman—and killing her and a child in the process. They are claiming to have seen the now deceased suspect—30-year-old Amanda Jones—carrying a pistol prior to finding her breaking into Kameron's father's house. However, no such pistol was found. All police found was a tiny piece of pipe — 8 inches long — which they claimed Jones was holding.
The officers were wearing body cameras showing the shooting, but the department refuses to publicly release the footage. This is most likely due to the fact that police raided Prescott's home after they killed Kameron and held his father on the ground, refusing to allow him to help his dying son.
“The deputies never should have fired their assault rifles toward an occupied trailer home,” the family's attorney, Tom Crosley said in the news release. “Mr. Prescott heard his little boy cry out, ‘Ouch, Daddy, ouch!’ yet he could not help. Moments after the shooting, deputies raided the home, put Mr. Prescott on the ground and handcuffed him. He was not even allowed to help his young son.”
Kameron’s mother, Rubi Prescott, previously told KSAT that she did not hold resentment toward the deputies, but wanted the sheriff’s office to be held accountable.
“They should have been trained better. They should have known to watch out for things," she said. “A car in the driveway means there is someone probably home. A bike on the porch means there is probably a child who lives there.”
The officers returning to work after killing a little boy should come as no surprise especially given the fact that there were 20 Bexar County Sheriff's deputies arrested in 2018 for misconduct. One of those deputies was Jose Nunez, whose arrest on charges of child sex assault shocked the nation. The 10-year veteran is accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl and threatening to have her mother, who is undocumented, deported if authorities learned of the abuse.
Kameron Prescott was the 1,152nd person to be killed by police in 2017. He was also the youngest.